Joe Andoe

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Joe Andoe
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 59)[1]
Tulsa, Oklahoma[2]
Residence New York, NY
Education Master's Degree Art
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Occupation Painter, Author
Website Official Website of Joe Andoe

Joe Andoe (born 1955) is an American artist, painter, and author. His works have been featured in exhibits internationally and also numerous museums including the Denver Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.[2] He is the author of the book Jubilee City: A Memoir at Full Speed (P.S.), which is a memoir about his life.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Andoe was born on December 5, 1955 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[2] In the 1970s Andoe spent most of his time partying, drinking alcohol and doing drugs. He was previously arrested for reckless driving and drug possession. In an interview with National Public Radio, Andoe stated that the friends he knew during that era either died or went to prison.[6]

Although Andoe loved to draw, he never created works when he was younger, as he thought that painting was not something that men did and he also needed a steady income that he did not pursue as an artist. Andoe first realized that painting could be his career when he was enrolled in community college studying agricultural business. He was taking an elective class in art history when he learned about artists such as Robert Smithson and Dennis Oppenheim.[6] He soon changed his major an eventually earned a Master's Degree in Art from the University of Oklahoma in 1981.[7]

After college, Andoe began pushing his works on different museums in New York. He later married and moved to New York in 1985. Andoe continued drinking and using drugs, and his marriage later fell apart.[6] One of the reasons he left Tulsa was due to the Tulsa Museum refusing to hang any of his art work. However, the museum was later forced to hang his artwork as it was part of a traveling show from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[8]

After his divorce, Andoe began to receive a following and quit drinking.[8] He continues to paint and currently lives in New York City.[9]


Andoe is known for his use of monochromatic earth-colors. He has stated that he wants to "reduce images to their blueprint." He paints subjects such as horns, wreaths, candles, flowers, cornstalks, trees, cattle, buffaloes, lamps, sheep, and horses.[10] Numerous sources state that his art is instantly recognizable. He paints by incising the outlines of what he is painting and then wipes away the paint to reveal the canvas underneath. This is an original reductive technique that contrasts the denseness of the background paint with the rough canvas surface.[9][11]

Andoe has an extensive exhibition record. Paintings by Andoe are represented in permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.[9] He is also featured in the hall of fame at the Ford Project in New York.[12]

Select solo exhibitions[edit]

Select public collections[edit]

Writing career[edit]

Andoe began wrting in 2002 and was first published in 2003 by Open City Magazine,[1] a New York City magazine that featured many first-time writers.[23] That same year he was published in Bomb and Bald Ego. Andoe had authored a comic book sized group of stories about his life and in 2005, Harper Collins asked him to create a longer version of the stories. These were the inspiration for the book Jubilee City: A Memoir at Full Speed (P.S.) which was published in 2007.[3] The book received numerous reviews including from the New York Times[4] and USA Today.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Andoe currently lives in New York. He has two children, one son and one daughter.[7]


  1. ^ a b Harper Collins Publishing. "About The Author". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ford Project. "Joe Andoe". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jubilee City: A Memoir at Full Speed (P.S.)". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b New York Times (19 August 2007). "Color Me Bad". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b USA Today. "'Jubilee City': Vivid landscape of an artist's life". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c National Public Radio. "Joe Andoe: An Artist's Wild Tales". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Andoe, Joe 1955-". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b New York Times (9 August 2007). "Living and Painting by His Own Rules". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Artnet. "Joe Andoe on Artnet". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Art Brokerage. "Joe Andoe Art For Sale". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Artforum. "Critics Picks". Retrieved 12 August 2012. (subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ The Ford Project. "Hall of Fame - Joe Andoe". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Earl McGrath Gallery. "Joe Andoe Paintings". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Frieze Magazine. "Feigen Contemporary - Joe Andoe Review". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  15. ^ New York Times (23 April 2004). "ART IN REVIEW; Joe Andoe". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Okensenhorn, Stewart (February 2002). "Working Man’s Art". Aspen Times Weekly. pp. 9–10. 
  17. ^ Duffy, Bob (30 September 1993). "Joe Andoe Paintings". St. Louis Post Dispatch. 
  18. ^ a b Mutual Art. "Joe Andoe". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Faust, Woolfgang Max (December 1991). "Neur Formalismus". Art (Germany) (in German). p. 23. 
  20. ^ a b Kinz & Tillou Fine Art. "Joe Andoe". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  21. ^ Leigh, Yawkey (1995). "Woodson Art Museum Catelogue". University of Washing Press. pp. 19–22. 
  22. ^ Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Joe Andoe". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  23. ^ Open City Magazine and Books. "About Us". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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