Joe Fig

Born in 1968, Joe Fig received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His body of work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing, in which he examines 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 Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT), Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach, FL), Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT). He is the author of two critically acclaimed books Inside the Artist's Studio (2015) and Inside the Painter's Studio (2009), which include his interviews and documentary photographs of today's leading contemporary artists. Fig works and lives in Florida.


Joe Fig's Website


Art Review: 'Small Worlds: Miniatures in Contemporary Art,' Fleming Museum Rachel Elizabeth, Seven Days
March 6, 2019
What to Collect Now: Miniaturist Artists Bobby Palmer, Mutual Art
Feb 28, 2019
7 Questions with Joe Fig Kristen Camisa, Ringling College of Art + Design
October 5, 2017
Torrington’s Five Points Gallery exhibiting 60 artists in juried show Torrington Register Citizen
August 1, 2017
Ridgefield Guild of Artists Presents Open Studio Day on April 22 MP Devine, HamletHub
April 7, 2017
Artistas famosos são homenageados com esculturas hiper realistas Lucie Ferreira, Blog da Arquitetura
October 11, 2016
Bringing art to life Keiara Carr, The Journal Gazette
September 2, 2016
A Brief History of the Artist’s Studio George Philip Lebourdais, Artsy
August 27, 2016
An artist tours the spaces of 24 fellow artists, then makes art inspired by his visits Gareth Branwyn, Boing Boing
March 25, 2016
Review | Joe Fig: Inside the Artist's Studio Ebtisam Aziz, Al Khaleej
January 25, 2016
Book Review: The art of making art Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe
December 5, 2015
Artscapes in miniature: Joe Fig's intimate look at artists' studios Michael Abatemarco, Santa Fe New Mexican
November 6, 2015
Joe Fig: A Book, a Show and a Talk Paul Laster, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art
October 23, 2015
Miniature Models of Famous Artists in their Studios Juxtapoz
September 28, 2015
New York Fall Exhibition Highlights: Sarah Sze, Eric Rhein and Joe Fig SVA Close Up
September 18, 2015
What We Learned About Famous Artists from Joe Fig's New Studio Visits Book Brian Boucher, artnet News
September 1, 2015
The Miniature Exhibition Opens at Grunwald Gallery of Art the daily mini
August 28, 2015
The Miniature Wall Street International
August 28, 2015
The smallest artwork you will see this year A.T. Bossenger, Nuvo
August 26, 2015
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

Miniature Models Reveal the Inside of Famous Artists' Studios
March 7, 2013

By Katie Hosmer, My Modern Met


"When we see an artist’s work, it’s incredible to think about all of the details that went into the creation process, from collecting the right materials to actual physical labor of production. So, what better way to get to know an artist than to see him or her inside their own personal studio. This was exactly the thought of Brooklyn-based artist Joe Fig, and so he developed a series of miniature dioramas, entitled Inside the Painter’s Studio, that show artists at work in their own studios."

Joe Fig at Cristin Tierney
July 1, 2011

By Brian Boucher, Art in America


"In conjunction with interviewing various painters for his 2009 book Inside the Painter's Studio, he made well-received dioramalike models of their studios, which were exhibited along with audio of the interviews."

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

NY Magazine
Toledo Museum of Art’s Small Worlds exhibition offers new perspectives on size, scale
Joe Fig's Back to the Future

by Bill, Beautiful/Decay
The Daily Pic - Brush meets movie camera: Joe Fig paints Hollywood's vision of artists

by Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast
'Otherworldly' dioramas open at MAD Museum
'Otherworldly' dioramas open at MAD Museum

by Amy Langfield, New Yorkology
Where the Art Happens

by Ann Landi, ARTnews
Decoding Images: Joe Fig, Inka Essenhigh, 2005

by Brian Boucher, Art in America
Artist Crafts Teeny Tiny Models Of Famous Artists' Studios

Huffington Post
A Sense of Place

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
Work on Monday: "Ross Bleckner 2007” by Joe Fig

by Oliver Patterson, Dan's Papers
Artist Joe Fig Makes Miniature Sculptures of Famous Artists Working in Their Studios

by Benjamin Sutton, ARTINFO
Interview with Joe Fig

The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Meticulous Miniature Replicas Reveal the Fanatical Side of Art
by Doug Bieriend, Raw File, WIRED
Review: Joe Fig: New Paintings

by Brian Boucher, Art in America
A Small World After All

by Kristin M. Jones, The Wall Street Journal
Faces Telling American Stories

by Martha Schwendener, The New York Times
Inside the Painter's Studio
Inside the Painter's Studio

Modern Weekly Lifestyle China
Masterpieces in Miniature
New York Times
Charged Visuals, Dark Themes, Animated Ideas

by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Inside the Painter's Studio

by Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U
He Shrunk Andy Warhol
He Shrunk Andy Warhol

by Rachel Wolff, ARTnews

Workspace, as Art of Documentary?

by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

The Art Newspaper
Small Worlds Loom Large in New Show at the Museum

by Tahree Lane, The Blade
Joe Fig: New Paintings
The Lives of Others

by Tom Vanderbilt, ARTINFO
The Action Figure Artist: Joe Fig at Bernard Toale Gallery

by Ben Sloat, Big RED & Shiny
Joe Fig, Plus Ultra Gallery / PS1 MoMA

by Peter Eleey, The Brooklyn Rail
Art in Review; Joe Fig

by Holland Cotter, The New York Times
Tiny People Painting: Look In, Look In

by Bridget L. Goodbody, 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
Joe Fig

by Benjamin La Rocco, The Brooklyn Rail
Joe Fig Plus Ultra
Joe Fig Plus Ultra

by Colleen Asher
The Listings; Joe Fig

by Ken Johnson, The New York Times
From Very Big to Very Small, Christo's Monumental Projects Share Space with Intricate Miniatures by Joe Fig

by Omar Sommereyns, Miami New Times
ART; More Room to Grow Creatively

by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times
The Creative Process, in Miniature
The Creative Process, in Miniature

by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Joe Fig Plus Ultra

by Martha Schwendener, Artforum

Small Wonder

by David Brickman, Metro Land
Humor, Social Commentary Leave Lasting Impression

by Matthew Kangas, The Seattle Times
Artists at Work (Very Tiny Ones)

by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times
Inside Joe Fig's Studio
Inside Joe Fig's Studio

by Monroe Denton, Art New England
Past Reunites at SVAC Show

by Andrew McKeever, The Manchester Journal
Arts Center Unveils Three New Shows
Arts Center Unveils Three New Shows

The Manchester Journal
Artists Making Their Mark

Miniature Models of Famous Artists in their Studios
Twisted Sifter
Joe Fig: Cinematic Paintings
Mining the Past and Present: Works by Joe Fig

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Celebrating the Birth and Impact of Pollock

by Karin Lipson, The New York Times
Meet Joe Fig
Meet Joe Fig

by Linda Blinn, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine
The Artist Perseveres; Joe Fig

Nozlee Samadazdeh, The Morning News
Joe Fig: Mining the Past and Present

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Panel Discussion: A Conversation with the Artists
Bruce Museum