Joe was born and raised on Staten Island NY, just a short ferry ride to Manhattan where he attended The High School of Art and Design and college at Parsons earning a BFA degree. Since 1974 he has worked for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for corporate and advertising clients, book publishers and record companies.
Clients have included: American Express, Barnes & Noble.com, Capitol Records, Folio Society, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and Time.
Among his awards are four silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. He has been profiled in Communication Arts Magazine as well as other graphic arts journals. In 1999 Joe had a one-man exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators in New York. In 2007 Joe illustrated Elmore Leonard's 10 RULES OF WRITING for Harper Collins and in 2011 a limited edition book of his blues musician portraits, BLACK WHITE & BLUES was published by Strike Three Press. His work is also included in the Taschen book "100 Illustrators". Joe was awarded the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2016.
A musician as well, Joe plays drums with The Half-Tones, an illustrator jazz group. He lives in western New Jersey.