In the early 1950s, Joe DeLuca was exposed to the history of art as well as contemporary views. His alma mater, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, was where his development was inspired by Prof. Paul Running.
In the 1960s, while studying at Michigan State University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree, he became immersed in the abstract expressionist movement. DeLuca taught at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.
From the late 1960s through the next decade, DeLuca's work grew to a large scale. Along with oil paint, he began to incorporate aluminum, resins and formica into his format. His work eventually took the shape of three-dimensional constructions, often extending eight to 10 feet off the wall. This led to the use of industrial materials such as metal, glass, rubber, cables and commercial hardware.
In the 1980s, Joseph abandoned hard, industrial materials, and looked to softer, more pliable organic media such as leather, wood, bones, fabric, tar, paper and found objects. These materials were housed in plexiglass boxes and took on the feel and presence of altarpieces.
In the 1990s, DeLuca returned to oil paint, enamels and collage. Late in the 1990s and early 2000s, he traveled to Europe, extending his time to paint in Italy and Portugal. He also taught workshops in Arezzo, Italy, in 2005 and 2006.
Currently, DeLuca works in his studio, which is a beautiful and peaceful environment in which to create. He hopes his future travels will bring new adventures and discoveries to help to further clarify his work.