Joe Rosenthal (sculptor)

Odette Sculpture Park Moldova Ontario College of Art

Joe Rosenthal
DiedJuly 1, 2018 (aged 97)
EducationOntario College of Art
Known forsculptor
Movementfigurative sculptures

Joe Rosenthal (1921 – July 1, 2018) was a Canadian sculptor. He has travelled and sketched in the Northwest Territories, Mexico, Cuba, England, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Ontario Society of Arts.

Early years

He was born in 1921 in Romania (now Moldova). He emigrated to Canada in 1927. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Canadian Army. He studied at the Ontario College of Art.[1]


He was awarded recognition by the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council, and the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition. He won first prize in the National Open Sculpture Competition for the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Monument. He was awarded The Rabin International Presentation Sculpture, Los Angeles, 1996. He latterly lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and died in July 2018 at the age of 97.[2]


Rosenthal was the brother-in-law of Ross Dowson and was a member of the Revolutionary Workers' Party until the early 1950s when he was part of a split concerning the group's orientation towards the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. His wife, Joyce Rosenthal, Ross Dowson's sister, was a long-time socialist and an activist in the women's movement, particularly around abortion rights. She co-founded the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society after discovering that their son, Ron, was a hemophiliac.



  1. ^ "Art Sask Joe Rosenthal". January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "JOSEPH ROSENTHAL (1921–2018)". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Joe Rosenthal`s Consolation The City of Windsor". Archived from the original on December 14, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2012.