Stephen Cefalo is an American artist in the traditions of Symbolism and the Baroque. He was born in 1976 in Nuremburg, Germany (birthplace of Albrecht Durer). A believer in synchronistic events, he shares his birthday with three of his heroes, Winslow Homer, Charles Le Brun, and Franz Von Stuck.
Cefalo's relationship with art began with his very first infant memory. During his christening at six months old, he remembers gazing at the stained glass windows at Frauenkirche Cathedral in Nuremberg. Living in a New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia as a small child, he often wondered at a portrait of his grandfather in WWII Italy, which hung in his grandparents' tv room. As a five-year-old, he remembers studying renditions of velvet in presidential portraits during museum visits to Philadelphia. At age twelve, his aunt Marilyn, an accomplished classical painter and sculptor in Indiana, began giving him lessons in oils.
During his undergraduate studies at the former Savannah Campus of the School of Visual Arts, Cefalo found mentors in Jeff Markowsky and Anthony Palliser. Later, at SVA's New York campus, he studied with painters Steven Assael, and Max Ginsburg. After graduation Stephen continued to study privately with Assael, and completed his graduate studies in Painting in 2004 under Bonnie Sklarski at Indiana University in Bloomington. Stephen worked off and on in New York, as assistant painter for Jeff Koons as well as an illustrator for "Rugrats" at Nickelodeon.
Stephen exhibits and is collected nationally. He is frequently published in popular art magazines as both a featured artist and columnist. Formerly an instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Stephen currently paints full-time in Raleigh, NC.