Artistic Infusion Program Artist
Steven Kenny has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He spent final year of art school studying independently in Rome. This direct exposure to European art (especially the Baroque works of the Italian, Dutch, and Flemish schools) had a significant effect on his painting style.
First settling in New York City, he gained notoriety as a freelance commercial illustrator. His clients included Sony Music, Time Magazine, AT&T, United Airlines, Celestial Seasonings, Microsoft, and many others. His illustrations repeatedly received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, and the Art Directors’ Club of New York.
In 1997, Steven turned away from illustration in order to devote his full attention to the fine arts. His award-winning paintings are exhibited in galleries across the United States and Europe. Honors include grants from the Virginia and Franz Bader Fund, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Creative Pinellas. His paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, and many private collections around the world.
From an early age the beauty and mystery of nature have deeply influenced Steven’s chosen subject matter: surreal compositions that most often combine the human figure with elements from nature. Stylistically, he employs Old Master oil painting techniques to create images that are visually reminiscent of the Renaissance and Northern Baroque periods while being firmly rooted in the realm of Contemporary Art.
Steven currently lives in St Petersburg, Florida.