Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art ~ Tokyo, Japan
• Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition, Apr 2022

Lemonade Stand Gallery ~ Key West, FL
• Small Works Exhibition, May 2021
• Small Works Exhibition, Oct 2019
• Small Works Exhibition, Oct 2018
• Small Works Exhibition, Oct 2017

The Art Center Highland Park ~ Chicago, IL
• Pop Art 2.0, Nov 2019

Marin Society of Artists  ~ San Rafael, CA
• Fresh Art, Nov 2019

Valley Art Center ~ Chagrin Falls, OH
• Comix!, Nov 2019

Art Sanctuary ~ Lousiville, KY
• Heroes, Oct 2019

Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts Gallery ~ Binghamton, NY
• Gallery Exhibition, November 2018

Center For Creative Studies ~ Detroit, MI
• Alumni Exhibition, May 2021
• Alumni Exhibition, April 2019
• Art and Wine Auction Exhibition, 2019
• Alumni Exhibition, April 2018
• Art and Wine Auction Exhibition, 2018

Rochester Contemporary Art Center ~ Rochester, NY
• 6”x6” Small Works Exhibition, May 2021
• Cut and Paste Exhibition, April 2019
• Member’s Spotlight, Dec 2019
• 6”x6” Small Works Exhibition, May 2019
• Member’s Spotlight, Dec 2018
• Member’s Spotlight, Dec 2017
• RAF On The Side Exhibition, Aug 2017
• 6”x6” Small Works Exhibition, May 2017
• Member’s Spotlight, Dec 2016
• RAF On The Side Exhibition, Aug 2016
• 6”x6” Small Works Exhibition, May 2016
• RAF On The Side Exhibition, Aug 2015

Gateway Regional Art Center ~ Mount Sterling, KY
• About Face Exhibition, Oct 2017

Fusion Art Gallery ~ Palm Springs, CA
• 3rd Annual Figures & Faces Art Exhibition, Oct 2017

At 6’4”, it’s little wonder Joseph likes thinking big. He’s an art director, illustrator, fine artist, thespian, author, business owner, radio DJ, father & husband. Joseph is also known as an internationally recognized fine artist and creative director.

By day, Joseph is currently the owner and creative director of Brandtatorship. A boutique advertising agency located in the historic High Falls district of beautiful downtown Rochester, New York specializing in forging ideas that help companies take charge of their brand.  Joseph is responsible for shaping brands as diverse as Textron, General Motors, and Scouts BSA. By night he is the fine artist known as Hero Collage where he takes vintage comic books and reinterprets them into large-scale works of art.

Yes, he cuts up vintage comic books into tiny pieces. Sacrilege? Travesty? Horrible? Quite possibly, but each work of art allows the comics to reach their fullest potential.  Joseph’s art sets heroes free and exaggerates them. With their large size, the viewer is forced to be overwhelmed by the story. Every Hero Collage takes what is meant to be viewed as linear, and explodes it on a flat surface to be enjoyed all at once. Each consists of only certain comics within the book title, and to complete the art, Joseph places a portion of the mastheads on the back of the canvases. There is an intentional choice to exploit certain storylines. No other random comic titles are included as filler. Each comic book resigns itself to sacrifice through selection.  Each is a puzzle without directions.

Joseph’s work was recently seen at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan during the 21st annual Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition in April of 2022. In addition, Joseph has been in exhibitions from Florida to Michigan and New York, to California, and has many works of art in private collections across the United States.

With a stylus pen, sharp blade, or pencil in hand, Joseph’s expertise shines across a diverse field of disciplines including fine art, art direction, digital, broadcast production, illustration, and social media. Know this about Joseph. If he likes you, he’ll draw a caricature of you. If he really likes you, he’ll make it resemble you and not the cartoon blue jay Mordecai.

Commissioned Work

• 2020 Dark Fwoom 24″x36″ Uncanny X-Men The Dark Phoenix Saga TPB, circa 1984
• 2016 Rey, 18”x24” The Force Awakens, Marvel Comics Issues #1-4, circa 2016
• 2016 Clark, 18”x24”  Superman, DC Comics Issues #1-2, circa 1987
• 2016 Elsa, 18”x24”  Frozen, Marvel Comic Adaptation of the Movie, circa 2014
• 2016 Ripley, 32”x18” Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Ghost Stories, Whitman Comics Issue #52, circa 1967
• 2016 Anvil, 18”x24” Road Runner, Whitman Comics Issue #109, #110, circa 1971
• 2015 Iron Man/Black Widow (Diptych), 6” x 40” each. Iron Man, Marvel Comic Issues #315-317, circa 1995

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