Joe Vitrano was born in London in 1958. He was born of Italian parents, and since he was twenty years of age, he has spent his time between London, England and Prato, France.
From his earliest academic years, Joe’s teachers noticed his artistic predisposition in numerous aspects. Joe was granted scholarships and studied ardently until he received first a superior license and later earned a diploma from John Cass College. He has designed jewelry for distinguished companies including Avya Goldens, Croydon Jewelry, and Lawrence Group.
His career began with creating a sculpture in natural dimensions for London’s Saint Peter’s Church using clay and granite powder. The ecclesiasts were deeply impressed by such a young artist’s ability to capture both the pure, virginal beauty of the sculpture as well as the very profound imagery of Jesus Christ crucified.
After visiting major cities while on a journey through Italy, he was overcome by the magical atmosphere of Florence. This magnificent encounter between art and culture left a lasting impression that gave him the desire to not only move to the land, but also became a great inspiration for his art. At Prato, a small town near Florence, he opened an establishment which attracted many people to his works that were beautiful, precious, original, unique, as well as crafted elaborately by his own hands. Shortly after this time, Joe founded an art studio where he could display his works of art as well as teach students at the same time.
Since 1998, Joe has been recognized even in the United States. In West Point, Mississippi, he was commissioned by local citizens to design a monument located in the town’s Main Square that was an amazing 19 feet high and 114 feet long and narrated the American history from the early cotton plantation days through modern times. Recognized first by the local Chamber of Commerce and later by the state’s governor, Joe’s mural painting found its way to the front pages of major newspapers. He was also invited as a Guest of Honor by Fox TV.
Joe’s work never ceases to amaze his audience, with its characteristics of wonder and haunts that continue to improve through its evolution. Joe has mastered two new art lines, including decoupage on canvas, wooden boards, and ceramics. Through his ingenious talent, he also rediscovered and renewed ancient art techniques which portrayed an impressive innovation in art, shedding light on the fusion between decoupage and the use of marble. Joe’s works of art are now part of private collections and galleries found all over the world.