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1956
Born November 27, 1956, Glendale, California.

1962 - 1974
Attended St. Elisabeth Grade School and Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

1972
Works at Veterinary Clinic where Joseph is introduced to the many celebrity clients who love their animals, including Bob Barker. He paints the animals of clients and show dogs on commission. Sells his first painting for $35.00

1973
Attends L.A. Pierce College concentrating on pre-veterinary and art classes, including sculpture, advanced casting and jewelry design.

1976
Attends Gemological Institute of America studying advanced jewelry design. He creates his first series of sea turtles and frogs playing tennis, hang gliding and scuba diving. (Yea, these designs were pretty silly.)

1977
Joins American Cetacean Society and creates his first whale and dolphin designs. Sales of Marine Life designs donated to environmental organizations, including ACS and Actors and Others for Animals.

1982
First ever award in sculpture at Catalina Arts Festival. Presented at the famous “Wrigley Casino”, where his mom and dad first met 50 years earlier. Creates fashion jewelry designs of whales and dolphins for Center for Environmental Education, Washington, D.C.

1983
On a visit to Maui, Hawaii to sell his jewelry designs, Joseph is invited by Dolphin Galleries and Lahaina Galleries to exhibit his sculptures, becoming the first sculptor to exhibit marine life bronze sculptures in Hawaii and pioneering the “wave” to come.
Shows his creations at Vorpol Gallery, San Francisco, becoming the first and youngest artist to exhibit bronze sculptures of marine life at an internationally recognized Contemporary Gallery.
First Place Awards in Catalina Invitational and Catalina Festival of Arts.
Group Show, Rheinbeck, New York
Group Shows for environmental causes, Actors and Others for Animals, L.A., Calif., American Cetacean Society, Palos Verdes, Calif.
Travels with Robert Wyland for a Cetacean Event and Art Show at Sea Life Park, Makapuu, Hawaii.
Rides the whales at Sea Life Park.
Researches and co-writes article in “Whalewatcher Journal” for American Cetacean Society

1984
Winner of the Mystic International Award of Excellence, Mystic maritime Museum, Mystic, Connecticut.
One Man Shows at Lahaina Galleries, Maui, Hi.
One Man Show at Off White Gallery, Catalina, California.
Numerous Group shows from Hawaii to Connecticut
Group Show benefiting for American Cetatean Society
Apprenticeship with Brett Livingston Strong working on monumental sculptures for Liberty Square, Philadelphia and Nagoya, Japan.

1985
Obtains special permission from UCLA School of Medicine to study human anatomy through dissection.
Studies sculpture and anatomy with Marion Young.
Creates and sculpts the Pacific Peace Award to be given to Rita Marley, Yoko Ono and others. Joseph creates a dolphin holding an olive branch and circling the earth, Sydney Australia
Several one man and group shows benefiting environmental causes, including Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and Hubbs Marine Research Institute.

1986
American Cetacean Society asks Joseph to design a Humpback Whale necklace for James Doohan for his role in “Star Trek lV, The Voyage Home”.
Awarded Best in Show at Beverly Hills Affair in the Gardens.
ACE Exhibition, Dallas, Texas.
Several group benefits for conservation organizations
One man show, Temptations, Mendocino, Calif.
One man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island, Calif.
One man show, Lahaina Gallery, Maui
Several awards at juried festivals, including the Brentwood Festival of Arts, Catalina Invitational and Malibu Festival of Art

1987
One man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island
One man show, Connoisseur Gallery, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii
Group Show, Front Street Gallery, Maui Hawaii

1988
Joseph’s daughter, Sascha is born in Maui, Hawaii.
One man show, Connoisseur Gallery, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii
One man show, Lahaina Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Group Show, Marine Life Art Expo, Newport Beach, Calif.
Los Angeles Art Exposition, L.A. Calif.

1989
One man show, Connoisseur Gallery, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii
Group Show, Front Street Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Group show, Le Meridian Hotel, Newport Beach, Calif
Several group benefits for conservation organizations

1990
Joseph’s son, Cy is born in Maui, Hawaii
Two man show with Frederick Hart, sculptor of Vietnam Memorial, benefiting War Veterans, Hilo, Hawaii
One man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island, Calif
Group show, Ocean Arts Festival, Maui, Hawaii
Group show, Maui Marine Life Art Festival, Maui, Hawaii
Group Show, Lahaina Galleries, Maui, HI
Several Benefits for conservation and educational organizations, including Pacific Research Foundation and Montessori Schools.

1991
One Man retrospective show that includes 6 years of figurative work, Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, Calif.
One Man Show and Fashion Show, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA
Group show, Ocean Arts Festival, Maui, Hawaii
Group exhibition benefiting Montessori Schools
Promotes conservation causes and Hawaii’s Ocean Arts Festival on KLHI, Lahaina, HI

1992
Group Show, Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach, Calif.
Group Show, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Maui, Hawaii
One Man Show, Off White Gallery, Catalina, Calif.

1994
Swims with his daughter Sascha in their first “together” encounter with a Green Sea Turtle.
One Man Show, Lassen Galleries, Maui, HI
One Man Show, Lassen Galleries, Las Vegas, NV

1995
One Man Show, Gallery Lau Chun, Honolulu, Hawaii
One Man Show, Connoisseur Gallery, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii
Group Show, Front Street Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Group show, Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach, Calif

1996
One Man show, Galerie Lassen, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
One Man show, Gallery 700, Maui, Hawaii
One Man show, Galerie Lassen Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
One Man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island, California

1997
One Man show, Galerie Lassen, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
One Man show, Gallery 700, Maui, Hawaii
One Man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island, Calif.
Several group exhibitions for conservation organizations

1998
Unveiling of “Leaping Tuna” monument in Avalon, Catalina Island, part of a California State Historical Landmark
One Man Show, Galerie Lassen, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Group Show, Endangered Arts Ltd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
One Man Show, Off White Gallery, Avalon, Calif.

1999
Starts sculpting large Sea Turtle, “Companion” monument in front of thousands of viewers at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV.
One Man show, Galerie Lassen, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
One Man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island, Calif.
Group Show, Whitt-Krausse, San Diego, Calif.

2000
One Man show, Endangered Arts Ltd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
One Man show, Off White Gallery, Catalina Island, Calif.
Group Show, Whitt-Krausse, San Diego, Calif.
Joseph creates sculptures for “Gumps” catalog

2001
Unveiling of “Companion” Sea Turtle monument, Registry Resort, Naples, Florida
One Man Show benefiting the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Visiting Artists Gallery, Naples, Florida
Group show, Visions Gallery, Morro Bay, Calif.
Promotes the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an early morning radio program in Naples, FL
Close Encounters: Joseph gets “bopped” on the head with the flipper of a huge Green Sea Turtle while snorkeling off Turtle Town on Maui

2002
Group Show, Whitt-Krause Gallery, San Diego, Calif.
One Man Show, Theresa Belle Gallery, Cambria, Calif.
Numerous Group Shows

2005
One Man Show, Off White Gallery, Avalon, CA
Starts working with several charitable organizations including ARTS, Caribbean Conservation Corp and Amphibian Alliance, with donations contributed through MissionFish.
Joseph is featured on the Outdoor Channel’s “Wildlife Art Gallery”
Turns down invitation to sculpt for "Frogman Inc"

2006
Group Show, 2nd Annual ARTS (A Reason To Survive) Gala, benefiting youth facing adversities, including cancer, through art
Group Show benefiting the Arts Council of the Temecula Valley. Wins “People’s Choice Award”.
Joseph starts creating his “Endangered Species Series.”
Joseph auctions his sculptures and t-shirts on eBay, with 100% of the monies going to conservation charities

2007
Group Show, 3rd Annual ARTS Gala
One Man Show, Marcus Ashley Gallery, Lake Tahoe, CA
Creates and sculpts the Archie Carr Award, the most prestigious award in sea turtles, to be presented to the person who has given the most to saving sea turtles around the world.
Participates in online auction, benefiting the Rainforest Alliance, New York City, NY
Joseph creates “Conserve, Educate, Participate” educational pamphlets to educate middle and high school kids and their parents on ideas for conservation.

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