Shiny plastic toys and bright New York City police cars are seen in Joseph Cavalieri’s playful large scale works. He is intrigued by the cross pollination of cultures, especially of the US and Asia. Mastering oil painting this New York artist visits the LUX Center for the arts for this solo exhibition of his paintings. You may recognize his painting style from the last two LUX auctions. Using his love of painted toys, New York artist Joseph Cavalieri energetically combines familiar and unknown subjects in a refreshing and very detailed manner. He is intrigued by the cross pollination of cultures, especially of the US and Asia. Unique visual collaborations are created through his personal vision of shiny plastic Funko toys and historic New York City police cars. Background: Joseph comes from a diverse background as a graphic designer and art director working for more than twenty years in the publishing industry in New York City, at People, GQ and Good Housekeeping magazines. In 2000 he began a career as an artist and educator working in glass. In 2019 he began painting in oil. Cavalieri’s art can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Italian American Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Public art commissions include an MTA Arts for Transit public art installation in New York and a six-footround stained glass window at Our Lady of Sorrow Church on the island of Itaparica in Brazil. Cavalieri has attended thirteen art residencies in the US, South America, Israel, Europe, Australia and India, including the Open Studio Program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His teaching credentials include over fifty workshops in the US, Israel, South America and Europe, including Corning Glass and Pilchuck Glass School. Joseph is available for Q&A for TV, radio and magazine interviews. "Playland” will be on view in our East Gallery through May 6, 2022. For more information, visit https://www.luxcenter.org/exhibitions/playland or contact LUX Gallery Director, Katelyn Farneth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 466-8692.