Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, Joe Kronenberg was exposed to a historic past that included accounts of Native Americans, pioneers, mountain men, and trappers, all of which shaped his love of the subjects he paints. Traveling to historic sites, national parks, and the mountains of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming each year, he studies and gathers photos and information about the animals and scenery portrayed in his work.
Kronenberg was the 2009 recipient of the C.M. Russell Museum Art Auction Ralph “Tuffy” Berg Award, which is given to the most promising up-and-coming artist. In 2017, he was inducted into the museum’s Russell Skull Society of Artists. In 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016, seven of his paintings awarded finalists in the prestigious Art Renewal Center’s International Salon. He is also a four-time recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the Coeur d’Alene Galleries Miniatures by the Lake show, and his work was chosen as Best of Show at the 2015 Western Masters auction held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
He was a featured artist in the book Best of American Oil Painters 2011 and has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Northwest Sportsman, and California Sportsman magazines. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections throughout North America and is represented in galleries in Jackson, Wyoming, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Red Lodge, Montana, and Whitefish, Montana.