Prostate Cancer Unmasked

For most men a diagnosis of prostate cancer causes a reaction of shock, denial, pain, anger, depression and ultimately acceptance. For Plainfield, New Jersey artist, Joseph Padial his experience unleashed a fury of creativity that enabled him to express these feelings on canvas. The artist feels strongly that the patient should be told the truth, the whole ugly truth so that he can make informed decisions on his treatment. This exhibition invites the viewer to travel with him on his journey.

Joseph Padial served as the Designer/Art Director for major American Publishing companies including Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and Holt Reinhardt & Winston as well as for the product lines of The Heritage Collection, a groundbreaking African-American design company, which was launched at a widely reported gala opening at the Museum for African-American Art in New York City. During his tenure at Heritage he oversaw the production of greeting cards, furniture, leather goods, decorative accessories and dinnerware.

Since leaving the corporate design world and operating independently, his work has been sold at galleries including Jack Flash in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is displayed in homes throughout the country and Great Britain. He has also offered interior design services in New York City, Southampton, New York and Plainfield, New Jersey. In 2009 his paintings were part of major art shows including the Art Explosion Visual Arts Exhibit and the 411 Erotic Art Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Padial’s works have also been auctioned to benefit The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus, Grace’s Kitchen and The Plainfield New Jersey Symphony. He is also locally known for his hand-painted holiday cards.

He divides his time between his homes in New York City, Plainfield, New Jersey and Fort Lauderdale. He can be reached at


  1. Oblivious: Happy genitalia oblivious to what is lurking just inches away. (H12XW9)
  2. Diagnosis: Cancer was diagnosed in five locations inside the capsule of the artist’s prostate. (H14XW11)
  3.  Cancer: The word used to be whispered, but here it is in all its ugly threatening gory glory. (H20XW24)
  4.  Y: The inevitable unanswerable question asked by each patient. (H12XW12)
  5.  Concern: The hard truth that something the size and shape of a walnut can bankrupt you. (H12XW12)
  6.  Day Three – Triptych: It ain’t pretty but there is no need to hide it. (H12XW12; H24XW30; H12XW12)
  7.  Frustration: A devastated penis that has been left leaking and stripped of its purpose and functionality and doubts its value or self-worth. (H20XW16)
  8.  The Lie – Triptych: Pills. Injections. None of these alter the fact that one’s life is forever changed. (H6XW6; H24XW24; H12XW12)
  9.  Cancer Claus: My Dick is Dead. Merry Fucking Christmas. (H12XW12)
  10. Fractured – Without erections or ejaculation the sum of its parts does not equal a whole. (H24xW20)