Joseph King or Vinciata, was originally born in Virginia and later relocated to North Carolina with his family as a young boy. He is known for his paintings, which typically depict a single figure set in a dramatic landscape. The subjects are often Meditteranean, dark haired, and olive skinned. In 1956 he traveled to Europe and became enamored with all things Italian. The paintings of the artist bear the significance of Vinciata, the portraits, Joseph Wallace King. He borrowed the name Vinciata from Vincigliata Castle, near Florence, Italy, where he often painted as a young artist. King has painted such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth II, President Richard Nixon, Madame Pandit, and the four kinds of Saudi Arabia.