October 23, 1948-December 28, 1986
Page under construction,
in honor and memory of my brother,
Joel Hirsch Resnicoff

If friends have photos or comments to
contribute, please email them to me
(Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff), at
Click here for more of Joel's
 wonderful illustrations and art.

Click here for Joel's "ResniCards"

Click here for Joel's Ads and commercial designs.

Click here for Joel's Esprit creations.

For old photos of Joel himself, click here.

Click here for 1981 Hit Parade article on Joel.

To read the eulogy
delivered at Joel's funeral, click here.
  Joel was the middle brother, 2 years younger than Arnold and 4
years older than Steven.  He, like his brothers, was born in the
Columbia Hospital for Women, in Washington, DC.  When he
was only 2 months old, the family moved from SE Washington to
Hyattsville, MD -- the suburb of Lewisdale -- where he would
grow up, first attending Lewisdale Elementary, then Mt. Rainier
Jr. High, and then Northwestern High School, Class of '66. He
studied for one year at the University of Miami, in Florida, then at
Parsons School of Design in NYC for two years.  He worked
first as a fashion illustrator for Women's Wear Daily for seven
years, later branching out with a career that included water colors,
oils, and paintings--including commercial paintings and displays
for stores like Macy's and Bloomingdales; "ResniCards" -- a
series of greeting cards, often poking fun at NY City and its
people; the 1986 summer season of clothing, including shirts and
scarves, for
Esprit, plus various t-shirts, sweat shirts, and even
beach towels, for a number of companies--and his own NY shop;
a series of  mannequins, unlike any others(!), for Discoveries,
Inc.; and even some eye-catching billboards in Scandanavia. Two
Japanese books that listed "avant garde" artists in America
included Joel -- as the only artist listed in both books.

   Joel's life was always touched by hope -- and fun-- because he
loved life and loved his friends; he loved Manhattan --his adopted
city; and he loved and treasured his ability to use colors and form
to create art that reflected his unique way of looking at the
world... But his life was also marred by tragedy and pain. At his
Bar Mitzvah, in 1961, a tragic car accident took the life of his
uncle and permanently injured his aunt, who lost her hand.  In
1984, when countless opportunities were opening in terms of his
career, he was diagnosed as HIV+, and began a valiant two year
struggle against the diseases that his body could no longer fight,
while AIDS was still a relatively unknown condition.  He tried
everything, even moving to Hawaii for awhile, because friends
thought that "clean air and clean water" could help. When he
returned, frail and physically weak, he moved back to his old
room in Lewisdale, to live with is mother, Blanche, for his final six
months -- and she lived 24 hours a day in his hospital room for
the last three weeks of his life.

   On December 28, 1986, Joel died in the Washington Adventist
Hospital, in Takoma Park, Maryland. He was buried Dec 30 in
his mother's family plot, in Mount Ararat Cemetery, in New
York, alongside his Uncle Sol, who died the day of Joel's Bar

May he rest in peace. May his memory -- the memory of his
smile, his conversation, his ironic observations about our world
and its people -- and his art, which we, thankfully, still have with
us -- continue to be a blessing to the living.


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