Joseph Liatela is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Using performance, sculpture, and video, he makes work that examines issues of biopolitics, memorial, trans and queer subjectivities, and collective movement.


Liatela earned a BFA with distinction from California College of the Arts and an MFA in sculpture and expanded media from Columbia University. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Banff Centre, California College of the Arts, Columbia University, Artist Grant, the Van Lier Fellowship, and was a finalist for the Found Work Artist Prize in 2021. His work has been shown at Denniston Hill, Human Resources Los Angeles, The Jewish Museum, Marian Goodman Gallery, The Leslie-Lohman Museum, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, PS122 Gallery, and Proyecto Galería CDMX, among others.


Liatela’s writing has been published by the Leslie-Lohman Museum Journal and Oxford University Press. His work has been featured in Artsy, The Leslie-Lohman Museum Journal, SF MoMA’s Open Space, EMERGENCY Index, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, Artforum, and Art & Education. Current and recent exhibitions include Night Skyline Stars at Laura Gallery in Houson, Texas, and Boitaqueer at Galerie du Montparnasse in Paris. He will have a solo exhibitions at Fragment Gallery in New York City, SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio, and Wells College in Aurora, NY in 2024.