Joe Caruso lives in Charlestown, MA and works in his studio in South Boston.
His current practice includes painting, sculpture and combinations of both. With references to nature, to the field of archaeology and to ancient myths, his work explores the themes of discovery, time and transformation.
Joe's sculpture is constructed from objects lost, forgotten or discarded while his paintings and painting/sculpture combinations are characterized by raw, highly textured surfaces that have a coarse sensibility with a lot of rough and sharp edges. They often incorporate materials such as sand, seashells, minerals, shards of plaster, dried plant material and pieces of fabric.
Joe shows his work regularly at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. His work has also been exhibited at other galleries and venues in Massachusetts, including members’ shows at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and Atlantic Works Gallery, 555 Gallery, Spoke Gallery, Uforge Gallery and FPAC Gallery, Boston, the Boston International Fine Art Show (555 Gallery), the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, Boston City Hall, South Boston Open Studios, and the WGBH auction. Joe's painting is included in Volume 34 of Studio Visit, a juried publication of Open Studios Press.
Joe holds a BS degree from Boston University and an MA and Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University. He is a former educator, a published author, a world traveler and an Argentine tango dancer. Joe is a member of the Fort Point Artist Community and is also a founding member of the Artist Group of Charlestown and Stove Factory Gallery and Studios and was appointed by the Mayor of Boston to serve as Charlestown co-chair for Boston Creates, a long-range planning process to develop a blueprint for Arts and Culture in the City of Boston.