Joan Criscione was born in February 1933. She started painting in the early 1960’s. Her paintings were primarily in oils, focusing on portraits and still life. Influenced by Modigliani and the Impressionists. Her versatility spans from realistic to abstract.
Joan studied with Rudolf Baranik, a well-known American artist whose work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art. She is primarily self-taught. Joan exhibited in many New York shows, including the 1963 Westchester – New Rochell show where she won 2nd place for her still life.
In 1974 she brought her artistic talents to another dimension the fashion world. She was a founder of the Women’s Designer Company “Criscione Designs LTD” in New York City. The company grew to international status, selling her designs worldwide including her flagship boutique in Manhattan. Her designs were seen on tv.. Worn by many celebrities (Mary Hart, Joan Lunden, Michele Lee, Joan Collins, Linda Evans, Diana Ross) …to name a few.
After retiring from her fashion business she resumed her passion for painting. She now paints acrylic abstract expressionist. Recently two of her paintings were on display at the Boca Museum’s 62nd Annual All Florida juried competition and exhibition. Joan is a member of the Women in Visual Arts Inc. And the Artists Guild. Her work continues to evolve as her creativity is endless.