Joseph Burwell was born in Keflavík, Iceland in 1970. He began to study Architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design. Later he changed his major to Studio Arts, and he received his Bachelor Degree in 1993 from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Between 1997 and 1999 Joseph studied sculpture in the graduate program at Tulane University in New Orleans. He taught for one year as an Adjunct Professor at both Tulane University and Loyola University before moving to New York City in 2000. There he has participated in residencies at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, at PS 122 Project Studio Program, and at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils Workspace Program. Joseph has shown in New York, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Egypt, Canada, and at different venues across the US. He currently resides and works in his studio in Brooklyn.