Joe DiCesare
Joe DiCesare
Digital Matte Artist / Illustrator
Los Angeles, United States


As a graduate of Pratt Institute, Joe began his art career as a paperback illustrator creating artwork for over 200 book covers in the romance and young adult genres for major publishing houses in New York City. He expanded his skills beyond traditional oil painting and concentrated his work on matte painting and concept art. Combining his expertise in 2D/3D computer graphics with his highly developed painting skills, Joe has worked on motion pictures as well as television series, video games and advertising for major studios in Los Angeles, New York and internationally.

Filmography (Feature Film & Television):

Feature Film Credits

2024 Kung Fu Panda 4 (matte painter)
2023 Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (matte painter)
2022 Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (matte painter)
2022 Bad Guys (matte painter)
2021 Boss Baby: Family Business (matte painter)
2020 Trolls World Tour (matte painter)
2019 Abominable (matte painter)
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (digital matte painter: Method Studios)
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass (matte painter: SPI)
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (matte painter)
2013 Turbo (matte painter)
2011 Arthur Christmas (matte painting supervisor)
2011 Zookeeper (matte painter: SPI)
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (matte painter: SPI)
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (texture painter )
2009 G-Force (texture/matte painting lead)
2007 Beowulf (matte painter - as Joseph DiCesare)
2007 Surf's Up (matte painter - as Joseph DiCesare)
2007 Spider-Man 3 (texture/matte painter: SPI - as Joseph DiCesare)
2006 Open Season (texture painter)
2006 Superman Returns (lead texture painter: SPI - as Joseph DiCesare)
2005 Bewitched (texture painter: SPI - as Joseph DiCesare)
2004 The Polar Express (texture painter)
2001 Shrek (matte painter)
1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (viewpaint artist - uncredited)


2018 Castle Rock (TV Series) (matte painter - 4 episodes)
- Romans (2018) ... (matte painter - uncredited)
- Henry Deaver (2018) ... (matte painter - uncredited)
- Harvest (2018) ... (matte painter - uncredited)
- Severance (2018) ... (matte painter - uncredited)

2016 The Man In The High Castle (digital matte painter - 6 episodes)
-The Tiger's Cave (2016) (digital matte painter)
-The Road Less Traveled (2016) (digital matte painter)
-Escalation (2016) (digital matte painter)
-Kintsugi (2016) (digital matte painter)
-Land O' Smiles (2016) (digital matte painter)
-Detonation (2016) (digital matte painter)

2015 Heroes Reborn (TV Mini-Series) (matte painter - 2 episodes)
- June 13th - Part One (2015) ... (matte painter: Stargate)
- The Lion's Den (2015) ... (matte painter: Stargate)


Concept ArtIllustrationMatte Painting

Software proficiency

Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Corel Painter
Corel Painter


  • Digital Matte Painter at DreamWorks Animation
    September 2018 - December 2023

    Currently open for work.

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