Joseph Palmerio was born Aug. 12, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Palmerio has been a resident of Sarasota for the past twenty four years. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa. and the Barnes Foundation, Lower Merion, Pa. He studied sculpture at the Frudakis Academy, and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. A roofer by trade, he also worked as a recreation leader for the City of Philadelphia, and he was the Director of Recreation for the Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe in Colorado. He has a private pilots license and also maintains a Master Captains boating license, having captained boats for 12 years. He starred in the short film about an artist titled “A Lot in Common” , which was in the Sarasota Film Festival, 2011. He taught painting in community arts centers in Philadelphia, and Colorado, and spent seven years teaching physically challenged adults in Philadelphia.
His artwork is in numerous private collections throughout the country, in The Coville Collection in Sarasota, the Grant Collection in Reston Va., and the Havard Collection in Philadelphia.
His commissions include six large landscapes for the Acme Market Corporation in Great Valley Pa., 10 X 30 foot wall mural for the City of Philadelphia, Murphy Recreation Center, and two 12 x 40 foot murals for Motivation Inc. in the Orlando Airport, and a 10 x 40 foot mural for Duval House B & B in Key West.
He was the Everglades Artist in Residence in 2003, and interviewed on National Public Radio, Arts Edition, with Amy Tardiff. The Sarasota Herald Tribune wrote a comprehensive article on him in the Sunday edition of September 28, 2003. He was on the Fine Arts Society Tour in Sarasota, in 2006, and again in 2009, and 2013, and was interviewed by Linda Carson of Channel 7 news. He was voted in the top 100 Paint America show in the Coutts Museum in Kansas in 2010. Mr. Palmerio was the artist in residence for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, in Sept. of 2011. Mr. Palmerio was in the 2011 American Impressionist Show in Carmel Ca. He is the featured artist in the May 2011 issue of Scene Magazine of Sarasota. He was invited in 2012 to the Bennington Vt. Plein Air, paint out. Canaveral Paint outs of 2012-13 and The Winter Park Fl. Paint out. Annapolis Md, Paint Out, and won the people’s choice award in the quick draw competition in 2014. In June of 2013 the peoples choice award in the Frederick Md. quick draw competition. First place in Tarpon Springs Quick Draw competition Nov. 2014, and won the quick draw competitions in the Sarasota paint out 2015, and 2016. He has exhibited nationally in the Oil Painters of America show and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter Best in America show in Bolivar Mo.
His plein air paintings emphasize a soft brushwork that captures the fleeting moments of nature. His abstractions. which originate from the natural environment, burst forth into a dynamic flow of painterly rhythms on his canvas.
Mr. Palmerio’s painting demos and workshops and critique nights are well attended throughout the country.