Joe Sorren, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1970, grew up around Phoenix and later in Flagstaff, Arizona. He started painting in 1991 and received his BFA in 1993 from Northern Arizona University. Joe was first noticed in 1997 as the gold medal winner in the Society of Illustrators of New York competition. He was also the winner of the gold medal in Los Angeles. The artist’s award winning illustrations have appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Print, The Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz, Step-by-Step, Art Now, Communication Arts and have been used by Warner Brothers and Atlantic Records. Joe is probably most known for creating the mural in Heritage Square in Flagstaff that took him nine months to paint.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1995, Joe has exhibited his work in various group shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Detroit. The artist’s work that is referred to as outstandingly childlike usually depicts characters that are surreal, wondrous, and innocent. “I put a canvas in front of me and start painting, and things just kinda appear”, Joe says of his inimitable style.
Joe’s works are universally loved and are in collections worldwide, including those of David Arquette/ Courtney Cox, Mark Parker, and Patricia Arquette. A collection of Joe’s fantastic artworks can be seen below.