Joe was born in 1933 in Puerto Rico, raised in D.C. He studied art at the Corcoran School of Art, but he is largely self taught. Looking at masterworks, 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 Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; he lectures, and has taught at other universities. 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.