Joseph Lofton was born in 1923 in Florida. At an early age he moved to New York City.
Lofton honed his craft 1948-1954 at the Art Students League and 1971-72 at the School of Visual Arts In New York City. His works were created in a loft in lower Manhattan. He became a prolific artist, and his work has been shown at many exhibitions in New York City.
After retiring from the government, Lofton moved to Richmond, VA where he opened "Le Petite Gallery", where he held exhibitions for other artists. Lofton eventually moved south to Florida where he is an award winning artist in the many shows of the Florida art circuit.
In 1991 Lofton moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico where he has built a gallery that house his current collection. Many more works are held in public and private collections internationally.
In 2007 Lofton was honored with a solo 50 year retrospective exhibit at the Jardin Borda, Cuernavaca. He has since exhibited and continues to paint in to his 90's.