Joseph Velasquez


Joseph Velasquez is a Chicano artist and the co-founder of Drive By Press and a Professor of Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Joseph was born in Texas to a poet, troubadour and a dreamer, his father, Jody Velasquez. At the age of 5 his mother was no longer in his life so he and his fathered travelled the Southwest! All in all, Joseph attended over 22 public schools before graduating High School. The constant new kid was heavily influenced by this experience and lifestyle of constantly moving. Joseph draws upon much of the graphic influence he experienced growing up in San Fernando, CA, El Paso, TX and Austin, TX. The murals, graffiti tags, placasos and tinta resonate in his use of color and composition. He has been published by Cannonball Press, Brooklyn, New York, and has exhibited nationally and internationally including the 54th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice Italy, as well as all over the US. In addition to juried exhibitions and professional portfolio exchanges, Velasquez has served as curator of exhibitions at the Sling Shot Gallery, Madison, WI. He is both the co-founder of the Dirty Printmakers of America and the co-founder of Drive By Press, a mobile print studio and print exhibition that has served more than 200 Universities over the last eight years. Drive By Press has also toured with Indie bands printing hand carved woodblocks on tees right along with the bands such as SPOON, the Walkmen and the White Rabbits to name a few. The constant moving lifestyle required by the needs of Drive By press’ touring was something Joseph had been doing his entire life. Although band touring was a dream, Joseph’s heart is in academia and he loves sharing his work and inspiring students. During School visits Joseph lectures on contemporary print practices, gives educational print demonstrations and live print events across the country. With Drive By Press, Joseph Velasquez has covered over 200,000 miles and created hundreds of new fans and followers of print visiting over 200 College campuses. Joseph received his MA & MFA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and his BA & BFA from the University of Mary- Hardin Baylor, Texas. Velasquez is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida.


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