Born in Grand Rapids as Steven Owen Sutherlin, he is known to the world now simply as Stephano. His life has been as colorful as his vibrant paintings. He joined a traveling carnival early and later explored the world during a Navy tour. This worldly experience gave him a unique view that has colored his artistic vision. After settling in California, Stephano worked for CNN as a courtroom sketch artist. This work led him to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the White Water trial. He fell in love with the southern charm and to this day calls the city home. Stephano now returns full circle to Michigan to participate in ArtPrize, painting trains his father conducted for the now defunct C&O railroads, during his childhood. His work invokes a sense of nostalgia and history of early train life in Michigan. His depth of world experience and his unique perspective on life make him a truly inspiring person and artist.
Steven (Stephano)'s ArtPrize Entries
These are Steven (Stephano)'s official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.