Joseph Abbati Bio

I have been creating work in San Francisco since 1978.  In the 1980’s I started a menswear collection called Saxon.  In 1985 I was named Menswear Designer of the Year by San Francisco Magazine for their Golden Shears Awards.

In the 1990’s I turned my attention to digital arts and began working with photography.  I worked as an art director and designer during this period.

The 2000’s brought me into the marketing retail world where I worked as a Creative Director for three Fortune 500 companies.  My passion in photography, composition, and form translated well in the commercial sector.  Concurrently, I was working on more personal work through photography.

In 2010 I left the corporate world and started my own business, D Quarters, to fuse my love of photography with decor.  I came across a new digital technique that allowed me to transform my work into woven tapestries. I started first by creating large scale wall art.  I found I could also create smaller versions of my work and transformed these into “pillow art”, artwork to live with …. off the wall and on your furniture.

I have also used my business to promote other artists (Rex Ray, Toban Nichols, Terry Rosen, and Jenny Scharaf ) and non-profit organizations.  In 2011 I worked with Visual Aid to create a series of pillows with artwork from their roster of artists and raise money for their mission to help artists with AIDS.  I also worked with Creative Growth in Oakland to create a collection of pillows from the artwork of their artists with developmental challenges.

In March of 2017 I had the honor of presenting a one-man exhibit, “LARGER THAN LIFE”, at the Strut Gallery featuring eight San Francisco drag queens I photographed and made into tapestry portraits.  The office of Senator Scott Wiener then invited me to exhibit “LARGER THAN LIFE” in June for Pride month at his State Building Office.  In June of 2017 I was asked to do a portrait for one of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy at an exhibit and auction entitled “PULSE: Acts of Love and Kindness”.

In October of 2017, I curated an exhibit called “Housing” with 18 San Francisco Bay Area artists, including myself, for the office of Senator Scott Wiener.  This exhibit looks at the Bay Area as this place we call home but has become increasing difficult for artists and other individuals to afford.



Joseph Abbati


2017 Art for Aids, group exhibit and auction, San Francisco

2017 “Housing”, group exhibit and curation by Joseph Abbati, at Senator Scott Wiener’s office, San Francisco

2017 “LARGER THAN LIFE” exhibit celebrating Pride month at Senator Scott Wiener’s office, San Francisco

2017 “Pulse: Acts of Love and Kindness”, group exhibit and auction, Ft. Mason, San Francisco

2017 Strut, “LARGER THAN LIFE”, one-man exhibit of San Francisco drag queen portraits made into tapestries, March 2017

2112 SOMARTS, Visual Aid, Group Exhibit and Auction

2011  Chronicle Books, Selections from Visual Aid

2011 SOMARTS, Visual Aid, Group Exhibit and Auction

2011 Solo Exhibition, Propeller, San Francisco, CA


2013 MFA (accredited) Visual Communications, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, San Francisco

1982 Academy of Arts, San Francisco, Figurative Drawing

1981 San Francisco State University, Textiles

1978 Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Sacramento City College

Feature Articles

“Drag Queen Art Adorns Senator Wiener’s Office”, San Francisco Examiner, July 2017

“Larger Than Life”, Shining Stars by Steven Underhill, The B.A.R., March 2017

“Bay Watch”, by Joseph Abbati for Christies International Real Estate Magazine, March 2015

“Fossil Face-off”, San Francisco Chronicle and, March 24, 2014

Nara Shin, “Five Favorites From Boreum House & Home”, The Cool Hunter, July 30, 2014

“Cerebral Cushions”, Wylde blog, July 31, 2014

Feature Photo, Architectural Digest Russia, April 12, 2012

Nancy Frick Battaglia, “10 Gifts For The Design Minded”, SFGate, December 16, 2012

Bertrand Pellegrin, “Design Democracy,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oscar Raymundo, “The Seven Coolest Works From Visual Aid’s 18th Charity Art Auction”, SFWeekly Blogs, December 8, 2011

“5 Things”, Propeller Launch, San Francisco Guardian Online, March 23, 2011