Joe was born Jose Miguel Shannon y Tormos in 1933 in Lares, Puerto Rico. At an early age the family came to DC. He studied art at the Corcoran School of Art in DC, but he is largely self -taught. Looking at masterworks in the National Gallery, lots of practice and self-criticism revealed his direction. He loved Degas for his technique, composition and even psychology; but for subjects, salty and mythic it was Picasso graphics, like “The Sculptor’s Studio” and the drawing therein that had deep impact. Joe worked for the Smithsonian for 26 years as an exhibition designer and curator. He has organized world class exhibitions, and written articles in major art magazines and newspapers, and juried many shows. He taught at the Corcoran School in DC and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. Joe’s work is in many important collections, private and public – i.e. – The National Gallery, Hirshhorn, and Brooklyn Museums among others.
Now 89 years old, he continues to paint everyday and invents new subjects and techniques. In 2021 he completed 41 works of art!
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