Joe Fig

Born in 1968, Fig received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His body of work encompasses painting, photography and sculpture, in which he examines his fascination with the role of the artist, the creative process and the self-made universe of the artist’s studio. Fig’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach, FL), Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT). His first book Inside the Painter's Studio is currently in its sixth printing, and his second book Inside the Artist's Studio will be available in fall 2015. Fig is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, and a solo exhibition of the artist’s new works is slated to open in September. Fig works and lives in Connecticut's Farmington River Valley. 


Joe Fig's Website


Artscapes in miniature: Joe Fig's intimate look at artists' studios
November 6, 2015

By Michael Abatemarco, Santa Fe New Mexican


"What Inside the Artist’s Studio reveals about the artists themselves — their childhood, education, domestic life, and career — is refreshingly candid and down-to-earth. But it isn’t just the interviews that make this an intriguing book, and it isn’t just the photographs that, rather than depicting the artists at work, are focused more on the interiors of their studios. Rather, it’s Fig’s creative responses to each studio visit — catalysts for his own artistic practice."

Joe Fig: A Book, a Show and a Talk
October 23, 2015

By Paul Laster, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art


"With the current solo show 'Inside the Artist’s Studio' at Cristin Tierney Gallery in Chelsea and an eponymously titled book, recently published by Princeton Architectural Press, Joe Fig was a natural choice for the Art Talks at the 92nd Street Y.  


Joining the ranks of Jewish Museum Deputy Director Jens Hoffmann, Serpentine Gallery Director of International Projects Hans Ulrich Obrist and New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, who will all be speaking at the Y later this fall, Fig put together a panel of artists that he interviewed in the book for a talk this past Monday."

Miniature Models of Famous Artists in their Studios
September 28, 2015

In Juxtapoz


"We are really enjoying New York-based painter and sculptor Joe Fig's miniature dioramas of famous artists in their studios. He has painstakingly sculpted the studios of everyone from Jackson Pollock to Andy Warhol!"

New York Fall Exhibition Highlights: Sarah Sze, Eric Rhein and Joe Fig
September 18, 2015

In SVA Close Up


The fall exhibition season in New York is in full swing, and three outstanding shows by MFA Fine Arts alumni explore everything from the measurement of time and space, to spiritual rebirth and the process of making art.

What We Learned About Famous Artists from Joe Fig's New Studio Visits Book
September 1, 2015

By Brian Boucher, artnet News


"Artist Joe Fig has visited over 120 artists in their studios, posing questions about their practice, from their favorite color to their motto. His book Inside the Artist's Studio, forthcoming in October from Princeton Architectural Press, reveals the daily working habits of two dozen artists, including figures like Tara Donovan, Leonardo Drew, Carroll Dunham, and Judy Pfaff."

The Miniature
August 28, 2015

In Wall Street International


"The Miniature will feature the work of ten artists and artisans who create miniature work in a variety of media. Some of the artists make true miniatures: exact replicas of historical instruments or furniture, while others make models and miniature worlds of their own design. Many artists and craftspeople making works in miniature today display a compulsive motivation and an obsessive attention to detail."

The Miniature Exhibition Opens at Grunwald Gallery of Art
August 28, 2015

In the daily mini


"The Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana will kick off its fall exhibition series with The Miniature, an exhibition of miniature-themed work by ten renowned miniaturists and artisans. On view Friday, August 28 through Friday, October 3, this show will feature miniature work in a variety of media, exact miniature replicas of historical instruments or furniture, models, miniature worlds, and much more."

The smallest artwork you will see this year The Miniature offers “a God’s-eye perspective”
August 26, 2015

By A.T. Bossenger, Nuvo


"The artists featured in The Miniature, an exhibit at Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery, are from various backgrounds, but what they share is a fascination with scope. The exhibit aims to show what it takes to make a piece that requires a microscope to see. Talk about detail."

In an Exhibition of Miniatures, the Good, the Bad, and the Lego
April 6, 2015

By Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

The Drum's Design Project of the Week: Feel Big Live Small exhibition
March 20, 2015

By Natalie Mortimer, The Drum

Miniature Artists Explain Why They Love Making Tiny Worlds
March 19, 2015

By Becky Chung, The Creators Project

Feel Big Live Small Exhibition NYC's apexart gallery gathers a collection of meticulously crafted miniature dioramas for its newest show
March 18, 2015

By Gabriella Garcia, Cool Hunting

Artist Joe Fig Makes Miniature Sculptures of Famous Artists Working in Their Studios

by Benjamin Sutton, ARTINFO
A Sense of Place

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
Artist Crafts Teeny Tiny Models Of Famous Artists' Studios

Huffington Post
Past Reunites at SVAC Show

by Andrew McKeever, The Manchester Journal
Inside the Painter's Studio

Modern Weekly Lifestyle China
Inside Joe Fig's Studio

by Monroe Denton, Art New England
Joe Fig: Mining the Past and Present

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Decoding Images: Joe Fig, Inka Essenhigh, 2005

by Brian Boucher, Art in America
Review: Joe Fig: New Paintings

by Brian Boucher, Art in America
Work on Monday: "Ross Bleckner 2007” by Joe Fig

by Oliver Patterson, Dan's Papers
Panel Discussion: A Conversation with the Artists
Bruce Museum
Masterpieces in Miniature
New York Times
Miniature Models of Famous Artists in their Studios
Twisted Sifter
Joe Fig: New Paintings
The Daily Pic - Brush meets movie camera: Joe Fig paints Hollywood's vision of artists

by Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast
Larger than the Artistic Life by Joe Fig

by Oscar A. Laluyan, Arte Fuse
Inside the Painter's Studio

by Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U
Charged Visuals, Dark Themes, Animated Ideas

by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Meticulous Miniature Replicas Reveal the Fanatical Side of Art
by Doug Bieriend, Raw File, WIRED
Joe Fig: Cinematic Paintings
Interview with Joe Fig

The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Joe Fig's Back to the Future

by Bill, Beautiful/Decay
Small Worlds Loom Large in New Show at the Museum

by Tahree Lane, The Blade
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

The Art Newspaper
A Small World After All

by Kristin M. Jones, The Wall Street Journal
Mining the Past and Present: Works by Joe Fig

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Faces Telling American Stories

by Martha Schwendener, The New York Times
The Creative Process, in Miniature

by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
The Listings; Joe Fig

by Ken Johnson, The New York Times
Where the Art Happens

by Ann Landi, ARTnews
Workspace, as Art of Documentary?

by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Joe Fig

by Benjamin La Rocco, The Brooklyn Rail
Toledo Museum of Art’s Small Worlds exhibition offers new perspectives on size, scale
'Otherworldly' dioramas open at MAD Museum

by Amy Langfield, New Yorkology
He Shrunk Andy Warhol

by Rachel Wolff, ARTnews

Tiny People Painting: Look In, Look In

by Bridget L. Goodbody, The New York Times
Artists at Work (Very Tiny Ones)

by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times
Joe Fig Plus Ultra

by Martha Schwendener, Artforum

The Lives of Others

by Tom Vanderbilt, ARTINFO
Joe Fig Plus Ultra

by Colleen Asher
Art in Review; Joe Fig

by Holland Cotter, The New York Times
Art Review; From Small Sculptures to Glimpses of Signs, a Mix of Works in the Bronx

by Ken Johnson, The New York Times
The Artist Perseveres; Joe Fig

Nozlee Samadazdeh, The Morning News
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

NY Magazine
Arts Center Unveils Three New Shows

The Manchester Journal
Artists Making Their Mark

Meet Joe Fig

by Linda Blinn, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine
Small Wonder

by David Brickman, Metro Land
From Very Big to Very Small, Christo's Monumental Projects Share Space with Intricate Miniatures by Joe Fig

by Omar Sommereyns, Miami New Times
Joe Fig, Plus Ultra Gallery / PS1 MoMA

by Peter Eleey, The Brooklyn Rail
Humor, Social Commentary Leave Lasting Impression

by Matthew Kangas, The Seattle Times
The Action Figure Artist: Joe Fig at Bernard Toale Gallery

by Ben Sloat, Big RED & Shiny
ART; More Room to Grow Creatively

by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times
Celebrating the Birth and Impact of Pollock

by Karin Lipson, The New York Times