Joseph Cave (b. 1936) is a painter and printmaker renowned for his large landscapes painted in lush oils using bold brushstrokes and color.
Joseph was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of Georgia between 1954-1958 where he majored in painting.
After two years in Germany with the United States Army, Joseph returned to the United States and moved directly to San Francisco. He received his B.F.A. from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1962 and his M.F.A. from San Francisco State College in 1964. He was strongly influenced at this time by the Bay Area Figurative Painters although he chose landscapes as his predominate subject.
Joseph taught drawing and painting for two years at the Memphis Academy of Art and a further year at Southwestern in Memphis before moving to Northern California. This period is marked by paintings of the rocky Pacific coast as well as images of the wine country. Joseph and his family moved to Portugal in 1984 where they stayed for five years and during which time he painted the Portuguese rural landscape.
In 1989 he returned with his family to his native Southeast first settling in North Carolina and then moving to the South Carolina Coast. He currently resides in the mountains of North Carolina. Since his return to the Southeast he has become recognized as an important painter of the rapidly disappearing rural and agricultural landscape in the Carolinas. He has been actively painting professionally and exhibiting his work since 1961.
His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Collections of note include The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, The Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN, Glaxo Wellcome, Inc, Research Triangle Park, NC, and The Ritz Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal.