Born and raised in NY, with studios in both Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Capri Italy, Joan has been a painter for many years bridging both cultures into the texture of her work. With the roots of an islander, the sea is always present “as above, so below”.
Painting beauty, painting fiction, a mythological narrative emerges. Rich with the ancient art of storytelling, a cast of characters led by the divine feminine takes us into their Byzantine world. Intrigue and identity converge with alchemy and transformation.
Additionally, with a strong interest in engaging with the public, Joan has created site-specific projects with the Lower East Side Partnership’s #100gatesproject. Inspired by nature, the “Garden of Alchemy” and “Golden Nest” on Canal Street in Manhattan provide a respite from the hard edges of the city in the form of magical, metaphysical landscapes.
2014 brought the opportunity to transform a hospital space into a more nurturing environment called “Project Miele” based on the honeycomb and alchemy of light. The triptych is a permanent painting installation at the Hess Center for Science + Research, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY.
2021 “The Madonna Room”, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
2018 “Paintings from the Other Side of the Veil”, Espacio Gonzalez, New York, NY
2014 “Project Miele”, Permanent Painting Installation. Tisch Cancer Center/Ruttenberg Treatment Center. The Hess Center for Science + Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital New York, NY
2019 “Art & Activism”, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 “83rd Artist Members Exhibition”, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
2020 “Wash your Hands”, Woodward Gallery, New York, NY
2018 “Of Women”, Rockaway Artist Alliance, Fort Tilden, NY
2017 “All Art Plus”, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY
2016 “Up for Debate”, BRIC House, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY
2015 “Winter Salon Show”, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “Unseen”, RogueSpace Chelsea, New York, NY
2011 “The Giver of Time”, Solo Exhibition, The Visionaire Building, New York, NY
2010 “ART on PAPER”, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth NJ
2009 “Belief + Behavior”, Solo Exhibition, Espacio Gonzalez, New York, NY
2002 “The Magic Show”, Solo Exhibition, Chiostro Di San Michele, Capri, Italy
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2019 “Sing for Hope Pianos”, Public Art Project, “Community of Dreams”, New York, NY
2017 “Single-fare 4”, Public Art Project “High-line Stages”, New York
2016 #100 Gates Project, Public Art Project “Golden Nest”
135 Division Street, New York, NY Sponsored by LES BID
2016 “Sing for Hope Pianos”, Public Art Project, “Global Waterfront Village”
Location: Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, Brooklyn New York. #SFHPianos
2015 #100 Gates Project, Public Art Project “Byzantine Garden”
34 Canal Street, New York, NY Sponsored by Tiger Beer
2015 Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, “Year of the Ram”
Public Art Project Sponsored by the Chinatown Partnership. Sculpture + Painting of Life Size Papier Mache Rams for the Parade.
1997 Cathedral of Saint Patrick, New York, NY Restoration Project, Solo Artist Color Consultant
2019 Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency in Painting, American Academy in Rome, Italy
2019 Title of Work: https://titleofwork.com/collaborations/
1985 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Istituto Superiore Per le Industrie Artistiche, Urbino, Italy
Summer Graduate Studies 1986-1988