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Joseph Cavalieri

United States

"award winning native New York artist and educator"

BIOGRAPHY

Joseph Cavalieri has been exhibiting painted, air brushed and silk-screened stained glass since 1997. His subjects range from portraits of the Simpsons (being killed off), to portraits of Jackie O, Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Pearl (Mr. Universe), The Lady Bunny and Isaac Hayes. Cavalieri is a New Yorker, currently based in the East Village of Manhattan. I am an award winning native New York artist and educator. I have taught painting, airbrushing and printing on stained glass classes in over 29 different locations. My work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Italian American Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum, the Stax Museum, and in the collections of Simpson’s writers in Los Angeles and the collection of movie director Morgan Spurlock. I have collaborated with illustrator Robert Crumb. My focus is on gallery exhibitions and private / public art commissions. Exhibitions include 3 group shows at the Museum of Arts and Design, as well as a solo exhibition in Berlin, and shows in Munich, Bulgaria, the Venice Arsenale, and most recently (2017) a solo show in Chelsea New York, at the Ivy Brown Gallery. My aim is to merge contemporary imagery with the time-honored processes of painted stained glass, a material with a powerful spiritual history. My work is based on historic fables, contemporary pop art and human and architectural icons. The technique I use has a powerful tradition. It was originally created by Medieval stained glass artists, and uses enamel paints made of ground glass, metals and pigment that are applied to glass, then kiln fired at a temperature of 1300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius). Once cooled, the glass is soldered together. I update this historic process by incorporating silk screening and airbrushing techniques, along with hand painting.