Joshua Petker was born in Los Angeles in 1979. He received a B.A. in Social Science from Evergreen College in Olympia, WA in 2002, and studied drawing at the Lorenzo di’Medici, The Academy of Florence, It lay. Petker has spent the last several years developing a respected following in California and Europe. He currently resides in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
Petker’s alluring style has been referred to as “romantic street painting” and “renaissance graffiti”. Subject matter often revolves around women, from ex-lovers to iconic television actors to dreamt up muses, rendered in subtle pose, though shockingly accented with vibrant colors set in dream-like environments. His work is informed by his years spent as a graffiti artist and tagger in California and Europe, as well as a love and understanding for classical composition and technique. Petker’s paintings are often executed on second hand canvases found in garage sales or thrift stores – adding an unidentified and often mysterious back-story to many of his works.