Joan Criscione was born 1933. She started painting in the early 1960’s and is primarily a self-taught artist. Her paintings were largely in oils, focusing on portraits and still life. Influenced by Modigliani and the Impressionists, her versatility however spans from realistic to abstract. Joan studied with Rudolf Baranik, a wellknown American artist whose work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art. Joan has exhibited in many New York shows, including the 1963 Westchester – New Rochell show where she won 2nd place for her still life work. In 1974, she brought her artistic talents to another dimension: the world of fashion. She was a founder in the Women’s Designer Company “Criscione Designs LTD” in New York City. The company grew to international status, selling her designs
worldwide with her flagship boutique in Manhattan. Her designs were seen on TV and worn by many celebrities (Mary Hart, Joan Lunden, Michele Lee, Joan Collins, Linda Evans and Diana Ross, to name a few). After retiring from her fashion business, she resumed her passion for painting. She now paints on acrylic in an abstract expressionist style.