American  B. 1962



Born 1962, Patterson, NJ; currently resides in Saint Paul MN


Joseph Paquet received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  From an early age, Paquet was immersed in art, greatly due to  his father, who loved to paint and sculpt.  He also credits artists, John Foote and John Osborne as being two significant influences during his formative years as a young painter.


Paquet was introduced to John Foote while studying at the School of Visual Arts. Foote taught traditional figure drawing and quickly impressed upon Paquet the value of learning ones craft  in order to best express personal vision.  After graduation, still seeking further enrichment, Paquet apprenticed with landscape painter, John Osborne, who taught how to see objects in various degrees of sunlight and to push oneself to go beyond a mere transcription of nature. Osborne believed a landscape painting should begin on location, but that its poetic essence should be completed in the solitude of the artist's studio. It was under Osborne's guidance that Paquet first learned to fuse field studies with the image he could see in his mind's eye.


Paquet's landscapes exhibit the confident brushwork of a skilled plein-air painter.  He is able to create a believable space with a single stroke of paint.  The world Paquet depicts may, or may not be, the world as it actually is, but rather his paintings represent an articulation of the vision of the artist. For me, he explains, "The intellectual process became married to the intuitive. - Paint what you know well as what you see." He goes on to expand the possibilities, "If I have the need or desire to move a mountain, add a figure or change the course of a river, I can do so. I am no longer shackled to nature. Now, I am painting my picture."


Paquet currently lives, paints  and teaches in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been featured in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Artist Magazine, American Artist and  Plein Air Magazine. He has been awarded both the Artists' Choice and Collectors' Choice from the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational. In 2008 he won the Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from the Salmagundi Club and placed 1st in Landscape at the Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competition.


Paquet is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club and the California Art Club. He is represented by galleries in Massachusetts, South Carolina and California.






1989-85 Ridgewood Art Institute, New York, NY

1984 BFA, School of Visuals Arts, New York

Selected One-Person Shows

2000 Kelley Gallery, Stillwater, MN

1996 John Stobart Gallery, Hilton Head, SC

1993 Fishscale & Moosetooth Gallery, Manassas, VA

Selected Group Shows


Why Outdoors?--Plein Air Painters of America, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York


Celebrating Summer, Plein Air Painters of America, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI


American Legacy: Our National Parks, On Location with the Plein Air Painters of America, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, & traveling to museums throughout the country.


The Allure of Water: On Location with the Plein Air Painters of America, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA


European Tradition, American Vision: New Works by the Plein-Air Painters of America, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, CA


Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, CA


From the Heart, Plein Air Painters of America 21st Annual Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

95th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art

2005-2004 Sea to Shining Sea—A Reflection of America, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

2005 Six Masters on Cumberland Island, Fraser Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC

2005-2001, 1997 Plein Air Painters of America, Avalon, CA, and Lake Tahoe, CA


Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art

Plein Air Color & Light, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

2003 The Allure of Light, The Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

2000 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational, Laguna Beach Museum, CA

1999 Graphics Gallery, Balboa Island, CA

1993 Hollis Taggert Galleries, Washington, DC

1992 American Society of Classical Realism Salon

1992-86 Ridgewood Art Institute, Annual Regional Open Jury Show, Ridgewood, NJ

1990 Rose & Hearth Restaurant, Middleburg, VA

1990-88 Hudson Valley Art Association, Annual National Open Jury Show, White Plains, NY

1989-87 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

1989-88 Fairlawn Art Association, Annual Open Jury Show, Fairlawn, NJ


Paquet is the co-founder and teachers at Hurinenko and Paquet Studio, St. Paul, MN

2004, 2003, 2001 Plein Air Painters of America Workshops, Old Lyme, CT and Granby, CO

1998-96 Minnesota River School, Burnsville, MN

1989-88 Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ

Selected Awards


Edgar Payne Landscape Award and Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence, 97th Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club

Alden Bryan Memorial Prize, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

First Place in Landscape, Richeson 75: Artists' Choice Competition.


Artists' Choice and Collectors' Choice, Laguna Beach Plein air Invitational


Honorable Mention, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational

1991 Arthur Maynard Memorial Award, Ridgewood Art Institute

1989 Council of American Artists Societies Award, Hudson Valley Art Assoc.

Landscape & Marine Award, Ridgewood Art Institute

Grand Central Art Galleries Award, Scholarship & Junior Exhibition Salmagundi Club

1989-88 Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award, Annual Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Club

1988 Junius Allen Memorial Award, Annual Scholarship & Junior Show, Salmagundi Club

Frank C. Wright Award, Hudson Valley Art Association

Fair Law Art Association Award, Annual Exhibition

Dick Black Award, Ridgewood Art Institute, 8th Annual Regional Open

1987 Landscape Award, Ridgewood Art Institute, 7th Annual Regional Open

Hudson Valley Art Association Award for Traditional Oil Painting, Salmagundi Club, Annual Non-Member Exhibition

3rd Place Landscape, Ridgewood Art Institute Grand Exposition Show

1986 2nd Place Landscape, Ridgewood Art Institute, 6th Annual Region Open


2013 Susan Hallsten McGarry, et. al., Art of the National Parks—Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations, Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, NM

2013 Susan Hallsten McGarry, Celebrating Summer, Plein Air Painters of America, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

2011 Susan Hallsten McGarry, The Allure of Water—On Location with the Plein Air Painters of America, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA


Rosemary Carstens, "Everyday Poetry, Southwest Art, August


"The Florence of the Florentines," American Art Collector, May


Plein Air Magazine, July


M. Stephen Doherty, "Making the Landscape Your Own," American Artist Cover Article, March


Greg Schaber, “A Passion for Plein Air,” The Artist’s Magazine, May

Bonnie Gangelhof, "The Plein Air Painters of America," Southwest Art, October

1999 KARE 11 News Segment, Studio and Field Interview

"Focus on Excellence Minnesota," Classical Realism Journal, Spring


"Lay of the Landscape," Washington Post Sunday Magazine, September 17