Peter Josyph is a painter who works on paper and on canvas in acrylic and oil pastel. He is also an author, a photographer, and an award-winning filmmaker. He is represented by Galerie Signum Winfried Heid in Heidelberg, Germany.
Solo exhibitions and site-specific installations of portable murals include:
New York Signatures , in the rotunda of the Cannon Building of the House of Representatives in Washington DC; and in the historic landmark Central Savings (now Apple) Bank on Broadway in Manhattan, where it made Josyph a New Yorker Talk of the Town.
Cormac McCarthy’s House , at the Kulturens Hus, Luleå, Sweden; at the CAPITAL Centre in Warwick, England; at the Centennial Museum in El Paso, Texas; and featured in the July ’98 Texas Monthly.
Paris, at the Mills Pond House Gallery in St. James, Long Island.
The Legacy, in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York.
Vietnam in My Kitchen , at the New York State Vietnam Memorial Gallery in Albany, New York.
Josyph’s paintings have shown most recently in Germany at Galerie Baden-Baden; in California at the Santa Barbara Art Company; and at Brown’s on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Other exhibitions include the Northwood Center and the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan; the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA, and the Open Space in Allentown, PA; and the Omni Gallery, the Landing Gallery, the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, the Sundance Gallery, and the Chelsea Center on Long Island.
Josyph’s art has been used on posters, book covers, and CDs, including The Avatar Sesiions by Tim Hagans (Fuzzy Music ’10), Close to So Far by the Joe LoCascio Trio (Heart Music, ’02); John Sepich’s Notes On Blood Meridian (Ballarmine College Press, ’93), and the Portuguese translation of Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree (Relógio D’Água, ‘09). Josyph’s most recent book, Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero (University Press of New England , ’06), is an illustrated chronicle of his life in Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, which the New York Times called “a personal, expressionistic, almost poetic account,” and Publishers Weekly called “vivid” and “essential to the historical record.” Josyph’s award-winning documentary, Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero, was called “a moving experience” by the Downtown Express, and by Filmthreat “a brilliant work of art and a crucially important film.”
His other books are: Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy (Scarecrow Press, ’10); What One Man Said to Another: Talks with Richard Selzer (MSU Press, ’93); and, as editor, Richard Selzer’s Letters to A Best Friend (SUNY Press, ’09); and The Wounded River (MSU Press), which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1993.
Josyph has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; the New York Foundation for the Arts; Poets and Writers; Artists Space; Apple Bank; New York Telephone; and the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution; and he has received awards from Art Horizons and the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils. For seven years he was Artist-in-residence at the Smithtown Township Arts Council in St. James, New York. He has been a fellow of the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center; the Djerassi Foundation; Centrum Foundation; the Millay Colony for the Arts; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Hawthornden Castle International Retreat; the John Steinbeck Room; and he has been a Knight Fellow at Yaddo.