About - Joe Papagoda


Recent Press
"Artist Spotlight: Joe Papagoda"
- Princeton Artist Brush Co.

"5 Hottest Contemporary Artists to Keep an Eye On"
- Huffpost

"Combining talent in art with some business savvy, Joe Papagoda is making a name for himself in the art world."
- Courier Newspaper

"Joe Papagoda, an accomplished young artist living and working in North Haven, Connecticut, is gaining greater attention now for blazing new conceptual frontiers."
Coastal Connecticut 

Education
Academy of Art University
2014 - 2016 // BFA 
2011 - 2014 // AA 

Partnerships & Collaborations
• ArtStar
• Tilden Hotel
• La Forma

About the Artist
Gifted since childhood, Joe self-taught himself the fine arts while developing a diverse set of skills early on and in such a way that was true to his own natural ability and later advanced to study at the Academy of Art University, receiving an AA in 2014, and a BFA in 2016.
Joe’s artworks are collected in major cities, by hotels, celebrities, as well as  in cities internationally, and regionally. Joe has also been commissioned by the Tilden hotel in late 2016 to create an original artwork to be transformed into a 65 x 35 foot printed mural that will be visible throughout the whole hotel. In 2016 he was also asked to join artstar.com to offer exclusive limited edition fine art prints of his abstracts, as well as select originals in 2017. Joe was also invited to lecture on the topics of art, photography, and review AP student portfolios with Nepris inc. Joe’s approach to art is not in conformity to the common milk-and-water approaches. He has elected to become his own authority and keep with his divergent ability and advances with his own hallmarks and tends to dismiss even the formal approach to art creation and rather works authentically in his own manner while combining mediums with the intent of inspiring others.
Although a majority of Joe's artwork is formed in a fluid & organic manner with color dominated arrangements of erupting color & hidden details that awaken a certain creative vision in the minds of the viewer - he also creates dramatic photographs, and semi-abstract artworks - subverting the common concept that artist's are contracted to a single approach. Additionally, his artworks are often paired with poetic titles to create a sense of mystery, and narration that allows the viewer’s mind to wander further into the conceptual meaning of the artwork.

Outside of art Joe enjoys sci-fi films, researching history, modern art history, mysteries, and cryptozoology.

Awards & Recognition
• First Place Award, Abstract Competition for painting "The Eos Crisis", awarded by Elizabeth Merchant of Focus Point Shape International Art Gallery.

• Award of Excellence, and Finalist, Spring Photography Competition by Photographer's FORUM Magazine, for "Self-Portrait in Studio".

• "Self-Portrait in Studio" included in book "Best of Photography 2016", by Photographer's FORUM Magazine.

• Photographer Award, from the Average Joe Photo Show, Lori Warner Studio Gallery in Chester, Connecticut.

• Second Place Award, Portraits Competition for mixed media "Self-Portrait", awarded by Focus Point Shape International Art Gallery.

• Second Place Award, Mixed Media Competition, awarded by Focus Point Shape International Art Gallery.

• Photographer Award Runner Up, from the Average Joe Photo Show, Lori Warner Studio Gallery in Chester, Connecticut. 


Art Exhibitions
2017
Fare Thee Well, The Arts Center, Corvallis Oregon. June 27 - July 29. 
• Post-Presence, RayKo Center, San Francisco, CA. 
• Twitter Art Exhibit, Stratford ArtsHouse, Warwickshire, United Kingdom. 
2016
• Group exhibition, 31st Annual Juried Fine Art Show, Louisville Art Association, Louisville, CO. 
• Group exhibition, Spring Show, Academy of Art University Warehouse, San Francisco, CA.
• Group exhibition, Twitter Art Exhibit, Trygve Lie Gallery, New York, New York.
• Group exhibition, 5th Annual Square Foot show, The Arts of Life inc, Chicago, Illinois. 
• Group exhibition, Star Wars: The Exhibit Online Show, Artist Mafia, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2015
• Group exhibition, The Average Joe Photo Show, Lori Warner Studio Gallery, Chester, Connecticut.
• Group exhibition, Star Wars Awakening Art Show, Red Lion Pub, Winter Park, Florida.  
• Group exhibition, Autumn Colors Exhibition, Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery.
• Abstract Exhibition, Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery.
• Group exhibition, Portraits Exhibition, Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery.
2014
• Group exhibition, The Average Joe Photo Show, Lori Warner Studio Gallery, Chester, Connecticut.
2013
• Group exhibition, The Average Joe Photo Show, Lori Warner Studio Gallery, Chester, Connecticut.
Additional shows on Artsy

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