JOSEPH NENGEI ALEXANDER
Be Gentle - Be Compassionate - Be Kind
Third-generation oil painter Joseph Alexander lives with his husband and their German Shepherd Dog in the rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota, surrounded by people, nature, and a landscape that provide endless inspiration for his work. Joseph paints in oils using classic methods to produce delightful interplay between light, shadow, and color.
Joseph practices Buddhism in the Sōtō Zen school tradition. His dharma name, Nengei, given to him by his teacher, loosely translates to "art-nature." Nengei is a play on words stemming from Joseph's work as an artist and as a naturalist, and his nature as an artist.
Joseph lives a plant-based lifestyle, through which he has lost nearly 250 pounds, reversed type 2 diabetes mellitus, and become a trail runner.
Only rarely does art provide a living, and so it is with Joseph. To support his art habit, Joseph is a dedicated hospice and palliative care Registered Nurse.