Joe Biel was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1966.
1988 he received a BFA in Painting and Art History from Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
In 1990 he graduated with an MFA in Painting from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Grants and awards

  • 2008

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation- Grant Award recipient
    Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Award

  • 2003

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation- Grant Award recipient
    Featured Artist, New American Paintings: 2003 West Coast Edition

  • 2000

    Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha
    Artist in Residence, Multnomah County, OR

  • 1999

    Oregon Arts Commission Grant for a specific project proposal

  • 1998

    Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant for an exhibit at the Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Portland, OR

  • 1993

    Merit Award, Bradley National Works on Paper, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

  • 1991

    Charles Cinnamon Award, Grant given by the NFAA to assist artists with a specific project

  • 1989

    Ned Dybvig Award for an outstanding first year graduate student, Stipend, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • 1986

    Fellowship (one of thirty internationally), Yale Summer School of Music and Art, two month intensive program in all media. Program included seminars and workshops with visiting artists

  • 1984

    Finalist (one of five nationally), National Arts Recognition and Talent Search competition sponsored by the NFAA, Stipend. Competition included seminars, interviews and works on site, Miami Finalist, National Presidential Scholarship Competition, for academic excellence

Solo Shows

  • 2014

    Short Stack, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin

  • 2013

    Sentry – Works by Joe Biel, UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA

  • 2011

    Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle

  • 2009

    Lexicon, Nettie Horn Gallery, London, England
    Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin

  • 2007

    18th Street Arts center, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2006

    Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, New York
    Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin

  • 2005

    New Work, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
    Captain ILL, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2003

    Joe Biel: Drawings, Mixture Gallery, Houston, TX
    Joe Biel: Works on Paper, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin
    Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon

  • 2002

    Small Graphite Drawings, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
    Post Gallery, Los Angeles
    Works on Paper, Galerie Katia Rid, Munich, Germany

  • 2001

    New Works on Paper, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles
    Fayerweather Gallery, installation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
    Mark Woolley Gallery, installation, Portland, OR
    Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, installation, Omaha

  • 2000

    Greg Kucera Gallery, Installation with Richard Kraft, Seattle

  • 1999

    Draft of a Landscape, installation, The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Portland, OR

  • 1998

    Study for a Book, installation, Anderson Gallery, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
    Yellowman Actions 1, 2, and 3, live performance pieces, Portland, OR

  • 1997

    House of Cards, outdoor installation, May 1, 1997, Portland, OR
    Quartersaw Gallery, installation, Portland, OR

  • 1996

    Fragments from a German Requiem, group exhibition, Gallery 299, Portland State University, OR
    Traces through an Ash Board, installation, Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
    Quartersaw Gallery, installation, Portland, OR

  • 1995

    With a Variable Key, installation, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
    Between Spectacle and Silence: The Holocaust in Contemporary Photography, installation, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
    From Darkness to Darkness, installation, The Light Factory, Charlotte
    Work by J. Biel and R. Kraft, Savannah College of Art and Design

  • 1994

    Metropolitan Arts Commission Space, installation, Portland, OR

Group Shows

  • 2016

    TeleGen. Kunst und Fernsehen, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

  • 2015

    TeleGen. Kunst und Fernsehen, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
    Hearsay, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

  • 2014

    Choice Cuts, Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland, OR
    Hoge Horizon, Bruegelland, vroeg 21ste eeuw, Stedelijk Museum Wuyts-Van Campen en Baron Caroly, Lier, Belgium
    In 2040….., JAUS, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2013

    PLURAL, WW Gallery, London
    Tierstücke der Sammlung SØR Rusche Oelde/Berlin, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Wadersloh
    Drafted, Schema Projects, New York City, NY

  • 2012

    New Prints 2012/Summer, International Print Center New York, New York City, NY
    Alptraum, Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City
    Alptraum, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Johannesburg,

  • 2011

    ALPTRAUM, Blank Projects, Cape Town
    ALPTRAUM, The Company. Los Angeles, CA
    ALPTRAUM, Washington D.C., London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Kapstadt, Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin
    Embodying, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta

  • 2010

    Exquisite Corpse, Cream Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
    MADE IN U.S.A., Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
    Paper!Awesome, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

  • 2009

    Back To The Drawing Board: A New Look At Contemporary Drawing, Arin Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA
    Backyard Funerals, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Drawn/Draft/Depict, IVC Art Gallery, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, USA

  • 2008

    Looky See, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
    The Unruly and the Humorous, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles
    The Clearing, Nettie Horn Gallery, London
    Ashes for Breakfast, Goff and Rosenthal Gallery, New York

  • 2007

    The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Weltempfänger, 10 Jahre Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
    On Death and Drawing, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    Rogue Wave, L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    It figures, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

  • 2006

    The Square Root of Drawing, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Irland
    First Bienal de las Americas, Tijuana, Mexiko

  • 2005

    Paradise Lost, Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, New York City, NY
    The Manifesto Show, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
    Erotic Drawing Part 2, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
    Erotic Drawing Part 1, Diverseworks, Houston, TX

  • 2004

    Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
    Drawn Fictions, The Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR

  • 2003

    Not Always the Same Part One, Hammer/Sidi Gallery, London, England
    Not Always the Same Part Two, Mjellby Art Center, Halmstad, Sweden

  • 2002

    Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
    Works on Paper, Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Relative Objects, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    What a painting can do, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1997

    Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

  • 1993

    Merit Award, Bradley National Works on Paper, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
    Small Works Exhibition, Loyola University, New Orleans
    Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Clemson University, SC
    SODARCO Internationally juried Exhibition, Sodarco Gallery, Montreal