Joshua Petker was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1979 and received a BA in Western History from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. While pursuing a degree in History he maintained a growing interest in the arts that developed out of a fascination with graffiti which Petker started creating at the age of 15. After studying abroad in 2001 at the Lorenzo de'Medici Institute of Florence, Joshua decided to pursue a career as a fine artist upon completion of his studies back in the U.S.A.
Van Gogh, Neal Cassady, Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, J.M.W. Turner, and Andy Warhol are some of the artist’s inspirations. Color abstraction and the human figure, primarily females, are the main motifs in his art. “I’m interested in people and the different ways we see ourselves. I’m interested in beauty and I’m interested in illusions. I draw inspiration from my interests in people and in life. I believe art should be skillfully interesting and impactful,” the artist tells us.
Petker's paintings have been showcased internationally and are included in a number of private collections throughout the world. A collection of the artist’s vibrant paintings can be seen below.