Joseph Tipay was born in Fresno, California and currently teaches college throughout the Central Valley. He received an M.F.A. from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco in Fine Arts-Printmaking. His prints deal with the struggles of his Mexican-American family, and the beauty that comes with adversity. They are also a reflection of the economic, cultural, political and social climate. Joseph’s currently works on large-scale woodcuts, which investigate the effects of incarceration. He is an award-winning artist and has been exhibited internationally.