|Two Joe Cauchi's and an African-subject
art mystery, resolved
This web page is intended to share the facts, including genealogy and history of the
artist Joe Cauchi (#2), who painted four works depicting Black or African- American
There were two Joe Cauchi's who painted in the 20th century.
Here is what we now know:
|NEW: The second Joseph M.Cauchi
also was born in Malta, but in 1918. His father was Paul Cauchi, his mother Rebecca
Cauchi. He came to the United States at age 12, also in 1930. He married Julia
and lived in Sherman, Connecticut until his death in 1986; his wife Julia now resides in
Florida, as does their son Raymond Cauchi.
See Falcon Graphics website for full
details, provided by his family at www.blacklastsupper.com
|Why this web page:
The material described below was gathered and posted by the son of the Joe Cauchi
(#1) who was an artist born in Malta (in 1905), who lived in New York (1930-1949) and
Bethel, Connecticut (1949-1987). See this Joe Cauchi's (#1) paintings online here.
Malta-Connecticut based Joe (#1) traveled in the rural U.S. south, painting migrant
workers, and produced a "Eulogy to Martin Luther King" (1968), we have finally
confirmed that the artist who created the paintings shown below is another Joe
We think the two artist Joe Cauchi's never actually met,
although the families spoke by phone once in the 1970's, about misdirected
"The Black Jesus Blesses the Children" (#1)
This print has hung in a mission church in rural Ghana for 30+ years. This
photo was taken and sent by an individual who remembers it from childhood and noted that
it influenced children to think of Jesus as Black. For the original in true colors,
This picture was featured in the December 2002 Popular Mechanics cover
story, "The Real Face of Jesus: Forensic Science Reveals the True Image of
Jesus.", p. 70.
(#2) "The Black Last Supper"
Signed: joe cauchi. (c) Falcon Graphics
(#3) "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by: Joe Cauchi
Please Do not Reproduce -"This photo is published by the Warren County Arts
Council (North Carolina) by exclusive permission of the owner, who retains all rights and
priviliges and may not be copied in any form or fashion without written permission of the
owner. Violators of these rights will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
painting as posted on the web at:
Madonna and child by Joe Cauchi
web link to illustration posted by African American Bibles
This page is part of an art, history and geneology project, not a commercial
This web page originally posted 3/8/01; revised 9/1/04 - text only
copyright 2003 Colorado Access 2000. All images are the property of the
individual owner, or artist's estate c/o Julia Cauchi or copyright holder(s), and are not
displayed here for publication or reproduction.