Richard Joseph, was born in Jacksonville, Florida where he attended public schools. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, earning both a B.S. in Biology and a D.M.D. While at Emory, he was dually enrolled at the Atlanta School of Art and studied sculpture under professor James Clover and painting under the late Tullio Petrucci. Joseph completed post-doctoral residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery also at Emory School of Medicine and has practiced in the specialty since 1977. He maintains an Active Practice with hospital privileges, and he lectures both nationally and internationally. He received a B.F.A. in painting, drawing and sculpture in 2014 at the University of North Florida. He is a figurative artist who combines a fascination with anatomy, art history and the beauty of classical art forms in his work.
Anatomical imagery is the common theme in my paintings, drawings and sculpture. My background in science and medicine is a natural connection to understanding the figure and the art of classical realism. I am inspired by the knowledge and skill of the great masters, the classical figures of Greek and Roman sculpture and figurative artists such as Degas and Maillol. Various processes including welding and forging steel, modeling clay and wax and casting plaster, aluminum, iron and bronze give me greater latitude. I combine my fascination with anatomy, art history and the beauty of classical art forms in my work.