Statkun was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1972. His official/birth
certificate name is Joseph Marino Statkun. It’s believed he was born in the
same hospital as Bruce Springsteen.
He grew up in a small town called Allentown
(that’s Allentown, New Jersey, not Pennsylvania). He is a quarter Filipino, a
quarter Chinese, a quarter Polish, and a quarter Lithuanian. His father used to
be a missionary priest. Growing up, his greatest mentor was the cosmologist and
geologian, Thomas Berry.
In high school he had the school record for the 400
meter hurdles at 55.5 seconds. He loved to organize and invent games for his
friends in the neighborhood where he grew up. He can play the theme song to
E.T. on the piano. He was awarded the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn award at
Boston University where he received his MFA degree. He is a founding member of
the project This Red Door. He has worked at Art Crating and Gagosian Gallery.
He has been a professor at Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and has
been a visiting artist at numerous institutions.
Statkun currently lives and works in New York.