Joe Cruz is a visual artist, born in London in 1988. He graduated from Norwich School of Art in 2010 where he specialised in print making. Cruz is recognised for his pastel portrait series where he juxtaposes found imagery and expressive mark making techniques. His work combines a mixture of techniques and inputs which seem to constantly be jostling for attention. In 2019 his practice led him to utilise a variety of handheld scanners in unorthodox ways, resulting in images that evoke a classical painting aesthetic through contemporary means. Cruz had his first solo show at Gallery Common in Tokyo in 2018 and recently has completed projects for Apple, Calvin Klein and Tiffanys. He also regularly lectures at The Cass and has run workshops in London, Paris, Tokyo and LA.