Joe Andoe counts among the most important representatives of contemporary figurative art in the U.S.A.
Joe Andoe was born at Tulsa/Oklahoma in 1955. The artist, whose forefathers were members of the Cherokee Indians, grew up on a farm. According to the artist, he had a rather turbulent youth. The 1970s were largely characterized by drugs, alcohol and wild parties.
But despite all of that, Joe Andoe eventually completed his studies: He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1981. In 1985 Joe Andoe moved to New York, in order to become a painter.
His paintings are restricted to a small circle of subjects. Mostly flowers, female nudes and all kinds of animals, such as horses, buffaloes and sheep are in the artist's focus. His reduced landscape pictures are also famous.
Joe Andoe renders his motifs onto the canvas in a calm, simplified and soulful manner. They are often dominated by monochrome color values and a strong contrast between a light motif and a dark background. Other works, on contrary, show an earthen and natural coloring. Joe Andoe also makes graphic works after his oil paintings.
Works by Joe Andoe are part of permanent exhibitions in major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Joe Andoe, who wrote the humorous biography "Jubilee City. A Memoir at Full Speed" lives and works in New York.