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Encouraging a mental dialogue and establishing an emotional connection between a human being and my art is my primary goal.  The beauty of abstraction lies in its ability to liberate the viewer from everyday norms, boundaries, and expectations.


I prefer to use acrylic paints with hardboard as the substrate. Acrylic paints dry quickly, allowing me to layer colors without "muddying" their vibrancy. The rigidity of the hardboard supports my technique of painting with stiff, sharp-edged spackling knives, and the smooth surface allows me to achieve any desired textures.


A painting starts with a loose sketch drawn on the black-gessoed hardboard. Next, I create an underpainting consisting of darker values. This enhances the colors of the successive, lighter-valued layers, and adds visual interest and depth to the painting. I rarely use a brush except to add thin accent lines or highlights.


I hand-craft my signature frames, making them part of the art. The frames consist of a boxed, oak-veneer panel, a thin metal frame and four brushed-metal fasteners that allow the painting to visually float 1/2 inch above the panel. The dark ebony finish that I apply to the panel allows the character of the wood to shine through, enhancing the colors and visual energy of the painting. The clean, simple lines of the frame also give my artwork an elegantly modern look that complements any decor.

Stefan was born in Interlaken, Switzerland. Although he wanted to be an artist from an early age, he originally trained and worked as a chef. In 1992, Stefan hung up his toque and moved to the USA to follow his dream to work as a professional artist. Since then, Stefan has successfully grown his art business, working out of his studio near Denver, Colorado.


Stefan describes his work as New-Century Modern, a combination of a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic and echoes of Abstract Expressionism.


His inspiration has many sources, including travel, nature, architecture and music, but he ultimately relies on his imagination to express an idea. Stefan’s signature style combines dynamic shapes and expressive lines using spackle knives, rubber rollers and vibrant colors, and results in art that visually sings.


Stefan’s engaging work is sought out by national and international, private and corporate collectors all over the globe, including University of Colorado Hospital (Denver, CO), Modern IR (Denver, CO), Prime Source Staffing (Denver, CO), Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and Casino Kursaal Bern in Switzerland, just to name a few. Stefan has also   created commissions for internationally known conductor Leonard Slatkin (Detroit Symphony & Orchestre National de Lyon), Centene Corporation CEO Michael F. Neidorff (St. Louis, MO), Haselden Construction (Denver, CO) and many other private and corporate clients.

About Me

The Creative Process

Exhibitions (Highlights)

2016

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver (CO)

Lincoln Center Art Gallery “Winter Blues & Seasonal Hues” invitational exhibition, Fort Collins (CO)

Foothills Art Center “2016 Rocky Mountain Watermedia Exhibition” group exhibition


2015

Third annual 5280 Home Spring Edition Celebration, Denver (CO)


2014

First annual 5280 Home Spring Edition Celebration, IKEA Denver (CO)


2014 -     

CherryArts Festival at Stanley, Denver (CO)


2013/14

Palette Contemporary Arts & Crafts, Albuquerque, (NM)


2013

10th Annual The Painted Violin fundraiser for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO)


2012

The MADDEN Museum of Art, four-man exhibition, Greenwood Village (CO)     

The EventGallery 910Arts, “H2O12 Juried Exhibition”, Denver (CO)     

Niza Knoll Gallery, “Gone to the Dogs 4” Juried Exhibition, Denver (CO)     

4th Annual Open Online International Exhibition - International Society of Acrylic Painters


2011

D Gallery, two-man exhibition “The Two Man Abstract Show”, Denver (CO)


2010

D Gallery, “Miniature Show”, Denver (CO)

Lapis Gallery, “Just West Of Imagination”, Denver (CO)

Foothills Art Center “Holiday Art Market" Golden (CO)


2009

Event Gallery 910Arts “Art District Best of 2009 Exhibition”, Denver (CO)

D Gallery, “All Abstract Show”, Denver (CO)

Event Gallery 910Arts, “Figurative Fusion”, Denver (CO)


2008

Grand Casino Kursaal Bern, “10 Jahre Kursaal Bern”, Bern (Switzerland)


2006

Lapis Gallery, “5/25 Show”, Denver (CO)


2005

Bucherer Uhren & Bijouterie, solo exhibition, Interlaken (Switzerland)

Archer Group Co., Denver (CO)


2004

Galerie Kunstsammlung Unterseen (KSU), “Musik Ausstellung”, Unterseen (Switzerland)

Fort Collins Museum Of Contemporary Art, “Rocky Mountain Biennial”, Fort Collins (CO)


2002

Lapis Gallery, solo exhibition, Denver (CO)


2001

Galerie Horizonte, solo exhibition, Interlaken (Switzerland)


2000

Galerie Kunstsammlung Unterseen (KSU), solo exhibition, (Switzerland)


2000 -     

Art Student’s League of Denver - Summer Art Market, Denver (CO)

Downtown Denver Arts Festival, Denver (CO)


1997

Galerie Kunstsammlung Unterseen (KSU), two-man exhibition, (Switzerland)


Corporate Collections & Commissions

Children's Hospital Colorado

Modern IR, Denver (CO)

Prime Source Staffing, Denver (CO)

University of Colorado Hospital, Denver (CO)

Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, St. Louis (MO)

Conductor Leonard Slatkin (Detroit Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon)

Centene Corporation, St. Louis, (MA)

Grand Casino Kursaal Bern, 16 paintings for “10 Jahre Kursaal Bern”, Bern (Switzerland)

Denver Radio Smooth Jazz 104.3, CD cover art “Smooth Jazz, Volume 6”

AAM Recordings, CD cover artwork, St. Louis, (MA)

Casino Kursaal Interlaken AG, 1998 business report cover art, Interlaken (Switzerland)


Awards ▪ Publications ▪ Media

2017

Denver CBS4 Morning Show, Artist feature 3rd Annual CherryArts Festival @ Stanley, Denver (CO)


2011

International Contemporary Artists, Vol. 2


2010

Art & Beyond” magazine (Fall 2012 edition)

Artwork Network Online Juried Art Exhibition “Anything But Green” Honorable Mention Award


2008

Grand Casino Kursaal Bern 2008-09 “10 Jahre Kursaal Bern” calendar


2007

Sculptural Pursuit magazine, First place “Third Annual Art/Literary Competition”

18th Annual Castle Rock Art Fest, first place award

Indian Wells Art Festival, jurors award


2003

Denver NBC9 News, Artist feature for the promotion of “ARTOPIA 2003”


2002

Swiss Review magazine, Artist feature in (Issue no.1, February 2002)


2001

Denver ABC7 News, Artist feature for the promotion of 3rd Annual (CCOA) Art Festival


1999

Denver NBC9 News, Artist feature for the promotion of 1st Annual (CCOA) Art Festival


1995/96

Colored Pencil Society of America “The Best of Colored Pencil 3” & “The Best of Colored Pencil 4”

     

Gallery Exhibitions

1998 -

Lapis Art Gallery, Denver, (CO)


2013 -

Palette Contemporary Arts & Crafts, Albuquerque, (NM)


2010 - 2012

Carla Wright Gallery, Denver CO 80204 Denver (CO)


2009 - 2012

Event Gallery 910Arts, Santa Fe Drive, Denver (CO)


2009 - 2012

D Gallery, Denver (CO)


2003 - 2008

The L2 Gallery, Seaside (FL)


2006 - 2007

Romero Street Gallery, Old Town Albuquerque (NM)


1997/2000/2003

Galerie Kunstsammlung Unterseen, Interlaken (Switzerland)

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