Born in New Mexico in 1979, Joel grew up in Albuquerque’s South Valley where his interest in the arts was nurtured by a neighbor who happened to be a classically trained artist.
Seeing public art as a vehicle for personal expression, Joel’s secondary artistic motivation came from observing graffiti in his neighborhood. After dabbling with various artistic forms, Joel had the great fortune of being mentored by Raku master Fred Wilson and sculptor O.K. Harris. This had a tremendous influence on Joel’s future direction. Joel plans to expand his art, creating large-scale sculptures and mosaic murals for public display.
What do you love most about Albuquerque?
There are so many things I adore about this place! But what I love the most is witnessing and being a part of the positive developments in the artistic sub-cultures here.