Joe Mariscal is an American ceramic artist. He was born in 1948 in San Francisco and received an AA from San Joaquin Delta College, a BA from the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, and a MA from California State University, Sacramento.
Mariscal’s inspiration came in the late 60’s through his first ceramic teacher, Bruce Duke, who introduced Mariscal to the work of Peter Voulkos and Robert Arneson. Joe began experimenting with the ceramic medium and “Funk Art” concepts. Mariscal’s Mexican heritage began to heavily influences his art. His early ceramic dogs resemble the “Colima” clay dogs of Western Mexico. Later on Mariscal’s subject matter morphed into a sort of social commentary that communicated the human condition. This distinct subject set him apart from other ceramic artists of his time.
Mariscal is an integral part of the figurative ceramic movement of the Sacramento Valley. The influence of his art and teaching makes him a visionary of Northern California figurative sculpture.