Joseph Raffael, 1976 / Mimi Jacobs, photographer. [Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Joseph Raffael was born in 1933 in Brooklyn. His mostly solitary childhood, during which he came close to death from meningitis, saw him develop a strong interest in drawing. Raffael’s mother died when he was quite young, and death and isolation are constant themes in his artistic practice. Raffael studied first at the Cooper Union in New York and received his BFA from the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1956. In 1958–59 he travelled and painted in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship.

Raffael created the series of lithographs Boy touching man touching upper lip at Gemini GEL in 1976. The prints demonstrate his precise drawing skills and address the theme of isolation.
Emilie Owens

Chronology
 

1933
Born in Brooklyn, New York

1951-54
Attends the School of Art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, Manhattan, New York

1954
Receives Summer Fellowship and attends the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut

1954-56
Studies at the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Conneticut, and receives Bachelor of Fine Arts

1958-59
Receives Fulbright Fellowship to study in Florence and Rome, Italy

1958
First solo exhibition, Kanegis Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1959
Solo exhibition of works made during the Fulbright Fellowship, Galleria Numero, Florence

1960
Receives Louis C Tiffany Prize

1966
Teaches at University of California, Davis

1967-69
Teaches at School of Visual Arts, New York

1967
Completes the edition of one hundred lithographs titled Boy touching man touching upper lip at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles Changes name from Joe Raffaele to Joseph Raffael

1969
Teaches at University of California, Berkeley Included in exhibitions: Painting and sculpture today: 1969, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Paintings from the photo, Riverside Museum, Riverside, New York

1969-73
Teaches at California State University, Sacramento

1972
Joins Nancy Hoffman’s new gallery in New York. Hoffman continues to represent Raffael to this day.

1974
Receives first prize, Tokyo International Biennial, Tokyo, Japan

1975
Receives Purchase Prize, Concours d’Antiques, Oakland Museum, California Produces, Island Magic, series of lithographs at the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque

1976
Included in travelling exhibition, America 1976, organised by the United States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

1976-78
Included in travelling exhibition, Illusion and Reality, organised by the Australian Gallery Director’s Council, in association with the Visual Arts Board and the Australian National Gallery (now the National Gallery of Australia). The exhibition was shown in major state galleries across Australia.

1978
Solo exhibition, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California

1978-79
Travelling retrospective exhibition, Joseph Raffael – the California years, 1969 –1978, originating at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1985-86
Solo exhibition, Watercolors by Joseph Raffael, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming

1989
Included in exhibition, The natural image, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut

1995-96
Included in exhibition, Collector’s Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock

1998
Included in exhibition, Contemporary color: work on paper, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey

1998-99
Solo exhibition at Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

Joseph Raffael currently lives and works in Antibes, France

© Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Emilie Owens, 2007
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated September 2014