Born into an Italo-American family in Hornel, New York, Radoccia studied art at the State University of New York at Buffalo earning a BS in graphic design in 1982. He subsequently did a year of undergraduate work at Montana State University , and then returned to Buffalo where he got his MFA in painting in 1985. The artist’s work is very much in the narrative tradition of Renaissance painting with a powerful admixture of the erotic spirit of Eastern prints. He is known for producing fully fledged “series” of paintings, richly homoerotic, with titles like Love Game, The Pillow Book, and The Four Seasons. The series called, Within The Mystery Of Shadow is based on his experiences in Madagascar which he first visited in 2001. He lives and works in New York City, New Orleans, and Madagascar .
Danny O’Connell, Joe Radoccia: The Story Teller, The Archive: The Journal of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation vol. 4, iss. 1 (Spring 1998).
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Joseph Radoccia’s paintings have meandered from medium to medium but have always reflected his fascination with forms of intimacy. And continue to do so with his large portraits on paper.
His early art in Buffalo, NY were allegoric assemblages exploring the labyrinth of courtship. In the mid 80s after moving to Brooklyn, NY his painting, influenced by shadow of the AIDS epidemic, moved in into darkly narrative oil painting on panels about navigating sexual identity, love and fear. Several of these are included in the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art permanent and study collections.
Eventually he sought to free his work from personal and political driven themes so Radoccia abandoned the narrative to exclusively engage in an extended period of passive observational painting. Learning from looking listening and simply painting objects from life.
He left Brooklyn, traveled several times to Madagascar, and settled in Beacon, NY where as his practice matured his looking moved from objects to faces. His current work is over-sized intricate portraiture, faces as maps of experience.
His work was recently on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY in their exhibition entitled Contemporary Portraiture. In September 2018 he held a solo exhibition in Kingston NY: Becoming Elders: Portraits of LGBTQ elders.
Joseph Radoccia received an MFA in Painting from the State University of New York at Buffalo.