Joe Stavec

Joe Stavec

Walton Hills, OH, United States

About Joe Stavec

Contact: /

Art is not an end in itself. It is a method of creating awareness of the marvelous. Surrealist art reveals invisible secrets and exposes hidden surprises.

Surrealism is based on a fascination with the strange and imaginary. Surrealist images evoke the possible, supplemented by desire and dream. There are treasures hidden in the human mind, an ability to bathe everyday reality in a magic light. The animal kingdom remains an enigmatic aspect in each of our lives and plays an important role in the symbolism of the unconscious.

Surrealists recognize the illusory nature of rational thought and rebel against it. They hold the mysterious workings of the subconscious in high regard. Reality bows to imagination.

Surrealists set out to reveal the subconscious, to disrupt conscious thought by the use of irrationality and enigma, terror and eroticism.

I am an American born in 1957. My artistic influences include Rene' Magritte, Odilon Redon, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and Charles Burchfield.

I have studied the martial art of Goshin Ju Jutsu. I study the electric bass (jazz and fusion and funk) and am a comic book reader and collector.


Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio 1980 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Lithography


2020 July - Juried Show
Honorable Mention "The Guardian"
"7th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition"
Group10 Fine Arts Gallery, Kent, Ohio

Exquisite Arts Magazine
Artist Interview - Spring 2018 Issue #8

Black & White Exhibition:


2019 November - Juried Show
Best in Show "The Discovery"
"48th Annual Juried Art Exhibit"
Valley Arts, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

2019 October - Juried Show
First Place Award - Painting "She Awoke to find herself in a dream"
"Oddball Art Show"
Stella's Gallery of the Arts, Mentor, Ohio

2019 May - Juried Show
"In Honor of Trees"
Brecksville Center of the Arts, Ohio

2019 January - Juried Show
First Place Award - Painting "The Park"
"Black and White Art Show"
Stella's Gallery of the Arts, Mentor, Ohio

2018 Solo Exhibit
“Random Dream Episodes”
Article Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2018 May - Juried Show
The Gallery at Lakeland, Kirtland, Ohio

2017 October - Juried Show
Best in Show Award "Dreamer"
"Black and White Art Exhibition"
International Gallery of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

2017 Sept - Group Show
"Strange Figurations"
Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York

2017 August - Juried Show
"Black and White Art Exhibition"
Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2017 May - Juried Show
Honorable Mention Award
The Gallery at Lakeland, Kirtland, Ohio

2016 Oct.- Group Show
"Dreams & Visions: Surrealism and Fantasy Art"
The Gallery at Lakeland, Kirtland, Ohio

2016 Group Show "Pop Up"
1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2013 Group Show
Loren Naji Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2011 Solo Exhibit “An Odd Itinerary of Scenes”
1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2009 Group Show
1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2008 Solo Exhibit “Dream Country”
1point618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio