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Joseph Raffael, American Artist. Recipient 1st prize Tokyo International Biennial, 1974; purchase prize Concours d'Antiques Oakland (California) Museum, 1975; Fulbright fellow Florence, Rome, 1958-1960; Tiffany Foundation fellow, 1961.


Raffael, Joseph was born on February 22, 1933 in Brooklyn.


Student, Cooper Union School Art and Architecture, 1953-1954; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Yale University, 1955; studies with Josef Albers.


His paintings are almost all presented on a very large scale. Most of his paintings are watercolors. In the United States, Joseph Raffael's works are available for viewing at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York.

Raffael's work was featured on the cover of the June 2007 issue of Watercolor Magic magazine He became well known with a 1973 Time Magazine article by Robert Hughes A Slice of the River, showcasing his signature water paintings.


  • 1975 Purchase Prize, Concours d'Antiques, Oakland Museum, California\r\n1974 First Prize, Tokyo International Biennial, Japan\r\n1960 Louis C. Tiffany Fellowship.


  • Other Work

    • One-man shows: Stable Gallery, New York City, 1965, 66, 68, Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, 1970, New York, 1972, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, 1972-1974, 76, 79, 80-84, 86, 87, 89, 90, 92, 94, Hunter Museum Art, Chattanooga, Butler Institute American Art, Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1973, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas, 1970, University California at San Diego Art Gallery, 1971, University California at Berkeley Art Museum, 1973, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, 1978, 81, 82, 87, Barbara Fendrick Gallery, Washington, 1978, 81, Birmingham (Alabama) Museum Art, Mint Museum Art, North Carolina, 1980, Museum Arts and Sciences, Columbus, Georgia, Mississippi Museum Art, 1981, Butler Institute American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 1991, Naples (Florida) Philharmonic Center, 1992, Jorgensen Gallery, University Connecticut, Storrs, traveled to Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, University North Dakota Art Gallery, Grand Forks, Charles A. Wustum Museum Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin, Phyllis Rothman Gallery, Madison, New Jersey, 1991, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Boise Gallery Art, Idaho, New York Academy of Sciences, 1985, University Austin, Texas, 1983, Jacksonville (Florida) Museum, 1982, Elvehjem Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1981, travelled to Norton Gallery and School Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, retrospective exhibition, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1978-1979. Traveled to Des Moines Art Center, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, 1982, Denver Art Museum, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, 1983, 86, Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, 1985, Salt Lake Art Center, 1985-1986, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana, 1986, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming, 1986, Davenport (Iowa) Museum Art, 1987. Exhibited in group shows: Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute Chicago, Woodson Art Museum, Wamsau Wisconsin, Canton Art Institute, Ohio, Fort Wayne Museum Art, Indiana, Minnesota Museum Art, St. Paul, Miyagi Museum Art, Sogo Museum Art, Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Museum Modern Art, Shiba, Kochi Pref.

      Museum Folk Art, Japan, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University North Carolina, Scottsdale (Arizona) Art Center, Pennsylvania State University, Valparaiso University Museum Art, Indiana, Stamford (Connecticut) Museum, Center for Arts, Vero Beach, Florida, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Museum Modern Art, Kent University, Corcoran Gallery Art, Washington, University Illinois, Champaign, Newport Harbor Museum, California, Whitney Museum American Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Boise (Idaho) Art Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Florida International Un., Miami, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Oakland (California) Museum Art, Gulbenkien Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, Las Salas Exposiciones Bella Artes, Madrid, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, Germany, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, San Antonio Museum Art, Indianapolis Museum Art, Tucson Museum Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Cleveland Museum Art, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, McNay Art Institute, Columbus (Ohio) Gallery Fine Arts, Australian National Gallery, Western Australia Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery New South Wales, Art Gallery South Australia, National Gallery Victoria, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, Galleria d'arte moderna, Milan, Flint (Michigan) Institute Arts, Columbus (Ohio) Museum Art, Louisiana State University School Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, Oklahoma City Art Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin, 1993, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, 1993, Nassau County Museum Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York 1993, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WIs., Oklahoma City Art Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas, Denver Art Museum, Flint (Michigan) Institute Arts, others.

      Represented in private public collections: Allentown Museum Art, Pennsylvania, Denver Art Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, Brooklyn Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, University California Berkeley Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum, California, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, Library of Congress, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Wichita Museum, Joslin Museum, Krannert Museum, Lowe Museum University Miami, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, Chicago Art Institute, Des Moines Art Center, Jacksonville Art Museum, Museum Contemporary Art, Museum Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, Oakland Museum Art, Philadelphia Museum Art, Santa Barbara Museum, Toledo Museum Art, Utah Museum Fine Art, Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Washington County (Maryland) Museum Fine Art, Whitney Museum American Art, Cleveland Museum Art, Delaware Art Museum, Fort Worth Art Museum, Walker Art Center.


Married Lannis; children: Matthew, Robert, Rachel, Reuben.


Rachel Raffael

Robert Raffael

Matthew Raffael

Reuben Raffael