"I see the collections of shapes and layers of paint as a form of mapping as I too attempt to secure my place in the human geography."  —  Joseph Ostraff



Joseph Ostraff’s paintings evoke the varied shapes and motifs of human cultures and geography. Using subtle color gradations and rich patterning, Ostraff creates works with startling compositional depth.


Joseph Ostraff was born in Santa Monica, California in 1957.  He earned a BFA in painting and drawing from Brigham Young University in 1982,  later earning an MFA in painting from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1984.  Ostraff taught art in public schools before joining the faculty of BYU as an assistant professor of art.


Ostraff's work has been exhibited at the spring salons of Springville Museum of Art in 2003 and 2004.  His One Square/One Cube, an encaustic/oilwork work, was part of the juried Mixed Media & Works on Paper sponsored by the Utah Arts Council. Albino Trout (1989) is part of the Springville Museum of Art permanent collection.