Frank Josephfa

I was born and raised in a very small western Pennsylvania coal town in the early 1940s.  Polish, Italian and Serbian emigrants formed a small closed community working in the mines, raising a family and living out our lives there.  The floors in the kitchen were usually dirt.  I was raised in a very close knit family in a small community.  This upbringing formed my simplistic nature which is still reflected in my art.

I attended Penn State University from 1960 to 1965 but did not find a major until 1964 when I discovered art.  At this time I became aware of my direction to create three dimensional art both in painting and sculpture.  In 1965 I transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute and received my BFA in sculpture. In 1967 I started graduate school at the institute but became a flower child in San Francisco and wore “flowers in my hair”. After exploring the counter culture to its limit I became a minister.

After retirement from the ministry my interest and gift in art was revitalized and I started attending classes and doing studio work.  My work tends to blend hard edge and organic forms with a touch of mystery in drawing and sculpture.  When I am not applying my energies to sculpture I enjoy charcoal and ink drawing.  I particularly like the human form and generally show it in my work and on display at Gallery 360.

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