Steven Alexander is an American artist who makes abstract paintings characterized by luminous color, sensuous surfaces and iconic configurations. His works are composed as sensate visual events that embody potential states of being. They invite meditative encounters with the viewer's perception and imagination.
Employing uncomplicated geometric structures that are activated by color, Alexander creates ambiguous metaphorical spaces. His compositions mirror the viewer, and allude to dualities of the body and the psyche. The surfaces of Alexander's paintings are carefully constructed from many layers of acrylic and oil paint to achieve a flesh-like suppleness infused with undertones and overtones of translucent color.
Born in 1953 in west Texas, Alexander spent his early years observing the vast skies and flat expanses of the southwest plains. He moved to New York in 1975, completing an MFA in painting at Columbia University, where he studied with Richard Pousette-Dart and Dore Ashton.
A member of the American Abstract Artists group in New York, he has been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Belin Foundation, a studio residency at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and many public commissions. His work has been widely exhibited including recent solo exhibitions at Spanierman Modern in New York, David Findlay Jr Gallery in New York, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in Houston, and David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, as well as numerous curated group exhibitions and art fairs throughout the United States and abroad.
Alexander has been artist-in-residence at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, visiting artist at Parsons School for Design and Bowdoin College, and was Professor of Visual Arts at Marywood University. He maintains a home and studio in the hills of eastern Pennsylvania.