JOSEPH KEIFFER PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
American, born 1952
Joseph Keiffer was born in New York City. His father was a painter and his mother was a writer, which enabled the family to spend quite a few years abroad, mainly in Europe. He began painting at the age of seventeen, while in Paris. The following year Keiffer enrolled at Brandeis University, and after several leaves of absence to attend the New York Studio School, he graduated from college, having majored in philosophy and art history.
Following a year at Sotheby’s “Works of Art” course, he was employed by Sotheby's as a cataloguer and appraiser of paintings, and after six years there and three years at Doyle Galleries, he became president of a non-profit art foundation. Then in his thirties, he started painting full time. In retrospect, Keiffer says, "I learned more about the history of art from my years in the art trade than I did in college, and I learned more about painting by looking at reality than from anything taught in art school.”
Keiffer has had many solo exhibitions over the years ranging from the Century Association, New York to galleries in Maine, New Mexico, Connecticut, New York and Paris.
Museum and Public Collections:
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
Bryn Mawr College, Special Collections Library, Bryn Mawr, PA
Pfizer Art Collection, New York, NY
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier, PA