Joel Mesler was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He graduated from Windward High School in 1992 and received a Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999. The following year, Mesler opened his first gallery, Dianne Pruess and Pruess Press in Chinatown, Los Angeles. In 2005, he closed Pruess and opened Rental Gallery.
The artist, now dealer, continued to paint throughout the early 2000s and had a solo exhibition at The Black Dragon Society of Painting titled “Survival Meets Ideal Hands” in 2006. In 2007, Mesler moved to New York City for a girl. He reopened Rental in Chinatown, New York shortly thereafter and was subsequently told by his peers to “put down the paint brushes” which he promptly did.
In 2010, he closed Rental Gallery and opened Untitled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with Carol Cohen. Five years later he closed Untitled and opened Feuer/Mesler. In 2017, Feuer/Mesler closed and Joel migrated to Sag Harbor, opening the third iteration of Rental in East Hampton, NY.
Mesler picked up his paintbrushes again in 2015 and has since exhibited paintings in Montauk, Beverly Hills, Miami and Paris. Mesler does not currently have gallery representation. If there are any dealers interested in representing the artist, he is open to meetings and invitations for sushi.