Artist biography

Joseph Konzal born 1905

American sculptor, born in Milwaukee. Moved in 1926 to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League (painting with Max Weber, sculpture with Robert Laurent) 1926-30, the Layton School of Art 1927 and the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design 1928-30. First one-man exhibition at the Eighth Street Playhouse, New York, 1938. Worked as a frame-maker; on WPA sculpture projects; in shipyards during World War II; and in the display industry. In 1949 began teaching part-time to have more time to produce and exhibit sculpture. Taught at Brooklyn Museum Art School 1949-69, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York 1954-69, etc. In the early 1950s made rhythmical semi-abstract figures in metal and wood, then began about 1956 to make welded metal sculptures of a more abstract kind. Has lived since 1971 at Kent, Ohio, where he teaches full-time at Kent State University.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.395