Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942, Joseph Goldyne began drawing as a child. He majored in art history at the University of California at Berkeley, then went on to earn his M.D. at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. Eventually, Goldyne abandoned his ideas of a medical career and went to Harvard where he earned an M.A. in Fine Arts in 1970. In 1968 he had made his first prints in black and white at the Impressions Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began producing monotypes and lithographs after seeing a catalogue for an exhibition of Degas monotypes.
Goldyne had his first solo exhibition in 1973 at the Quay Gallery in San Francisco, a show that brought his prints to the attention of the public. He produced a series of monotype books in 1976 and in 1985 he began a book project titled “ Het Achterhuis/Anne Frank: Diary of A Young Girl” which was shown at the Jewish Community Museum in San Francisco. Goldyne has mastered many techniques from oil painting through all the graphic media, including drawing, intaglio, monoprint, monotype, book illustration and lithography.