Joseph Keiffer was born in New York City. His father was a painter and his mother a writer, which enabled the family to spend a number of years abroad, mainly in Europe. Joseph began painting at 17 while in Paris. The following year he enrolled at Brandeis and after several leaves of absence to attend the New York Studio School, Joseph graduated from college, having majored in philosophy and art history. Following a year at Sotheby’s Work of Art course, Joseph was employed by Sotheby’s as a cataloguer and appraiser of paintings, and after six years there and three years at Doyle’s Galleries, he became president of a non-profit art foundation. Now in his early sixties, Joseph Keiffer started painting full time, and for a living. In retrospect, he says that he learned more about the history of art from his years in the art trade than he did in college, and that he learned more about painting by looking at reality than from anything taught in art school. Joseph’s paintings are in numerous private art collections and in museums, galleries, and group and solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast.