Joseph Noderer was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1978. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2001 and an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006.
For him, painting is a vehicle to express myriad influences and a worldview. He derives inspiration chiefly from his surroundings—the inside of his apartment, the neighborhood he lives in. ‘I know these places, and it is important to me to paint about something that I feel I know about, or have experience of,’ says Noderer.
The area of his hometown in Western Pennsylvania still informs all aspects of his work, from subject matter to color palette. Apart from personal associations, Noderer sees in these places reflections of traditional American culture—folk stories, music, and painting. He paints in order to feel a part of these traditions, an extension of them.