Joseph Adolphe moved to New York City in 1992 to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he received his MFA in 1994. He has received several awards for his art, including First Place in the 'Figure Now 2010' Competition at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has been featured in over forty exhibitions internationally since 1998. He now lives with his wife and children in New Haven, Connecticut and is a professor of Fine Arts at St. John's University in New York.

Joseph Adolphe's oil paintings depict uncertainty, anxiety and vulnerability in the modern day. Whether they are beaten down fighters, agile beasts or innocent children, his subjects appear burdened by conflict and the weight of the world. Nonetheless, they are strong, resilient characters, as their confidence and bravery give the paintings an undeniable optimism even when the subject is dark. In the summer of 2012, his painting, Mars No. 1, was chosen for the cover of Manifest Gallery's International Painting Annual. Adolphe was also featured in a documentary entitled, 'HEAVYWEIGHTPAINT', which deals with the challenges of the art world. Joseph Adolphe's paintings are held in many private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.