Joseph Ravens (b.1968) is founder and Director of Defibrillator Gallery, a non-profit arts organization with a focus on Performance Art. As an artist, Ravens has presented his work throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the US. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters of Fine Art in Performance. Ravens is a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Performance Art, as well as the Fellowship for New Performance Forms, and many other grants and awards that have allowed him to build an international reputation.
Among his accomplishments, Ravens was included in the 20th Bienal Internacional de Curitiba (Brazil 2013), Venice International Performance Art Week (2012), and Intrude: Art and Life 366 at Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, China (2008). Co-founder and Director of the annual Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Ravens is recognized and respected for his work as an artist, an educator, and a curator.