“A MODERN DAY MICHELANGELO"
“OBSESSIVE ATTENTION TO DETAIL”
-Visual Arts Journal
-The Osgood Files
Mr. Joseph F. Tiedemann, President
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey Joseph F. Tiedemann is an award winning art conservator and the President of Renaissance Restoration Studios Inc. He has been called “A modern day Michelangelo by ABC News. Tiedemann is well known for his revolutionary artistic restorations of works by such legendary artists as Philip Guston and Fernando Calderon in addition to his work on National Historic Landmarks. Tiedemann considers himself a highly skilled and experienced artist who has achieved a level of mastery through intense classical training, resolute dedication, and three decades of applied professional application. He says he is proud to carry on in his generational profession as a trusted keeper of ancient and secret artistic techniques and traditions passed down from the great masters.
As a child Joseph's passion was art! He has stated that drawing and painting is and has always been his life. His parents strongly supported his interest in the visual arts. His father Bernard, a master and true renaissance man in his own right, instructed him from an early age. Training consisted of the rigorous study of classical academic drawing, painting, and sculpture as well as the skills of his father’s profession of art restoration. Joseph credits his father as his primary and most important teacher and influence. Tiedemann acknowledges the major strength of his artistry came from his youth as he observed and apprenticed while his father restored religious art in his studio. He recalls the time spent with his father working side by side as the most influential of his life.
At the age of fourteen Joseph was sent to study under master equestrian painter Richard A. Botto at The Art Center of Northern New Jersey. By seventeen Joseph had already cemented a serious artistic reputation particularly within the New York area ecclesiastical art community. He acquired various professional artistic commissions of both a religious and commercial nature and began teaching private pupils. At this time in addition to his secondary education, Joseph was taking university courses in drawing and painting nights and weekends to perfect his craft.
Joseph continued his artistic training at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City under the tutelage of renowned artists such as: Marvin Mattelson, Jack Endwelt, and Max Ginsburg. As a student, Joseph was accepting professional illustration work from the publishing industry and is a member of the Graphic Artists Guild. Joseph was also working closely in his father’s atelier learning every aspect of artistic restoration and ecclesiastical conservation. He graduated from The School of Visual Arts earning his BFA in 1992. While an undergraduate, Joseph’s work was exhibited twice in the exclusive Art Directors Club of New York and was included in several professional publications. He has been interviewed by various local and national journalists and broadcasters and hailed as “Michelangelo Jr.” by Charles Osgood of the Osgood Files Program. In 2006 Joseph went on to earn his MA from Seton Hall University where he was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi for educational excellence. Joseph continued his education at Princeton University and is currently working toward his Ph.D in art history.
At the age of twenty-three Joseph established his own ecclesiastical restoration studio, which eventually developed into the now highly successful Renaissance Restoration Studios Inc. Over the years he has continued to teach, lecture, and travel globally expanding and promoting artistic excellence in the restoration field and passing on his knowledge to future generations of artists and conservators. Joseph has served ten times as a personal NTHS Mentor Teacher and has also been recognized by Who’s Who five times for his teaching efforts and dedication to students.
Joseph Tiedemann has promoted a dramatic vision, expansion, and incorporation of cutting edge technology, catapulting Renaissance Restoration Studios Inc to the forefront of the restoration industry. Renaissance Restoration Studios Inc. serves clients nation wide as well as around the world. Joseph is not only sought after for his expertise in the ecclesiastical art restoration and conservation industry but his private paintings and portraits are in great demand. They are held in private collections in the United States and abroad. Joseph is married and currently resides in New Jersey.