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Steven Assael

Steven Assael paints modern-day figures in haunting, quietly psychological portraits. A leader in contemporary figurative painting, Assael works exclusively from live models, fusing his modern subjects—goths and teens, men and women in costume—with an Old Master style and traditional tableaux. “Even though art is dead as we have known it, painting is not,” he has said. Assael’s work has been compared to that of Thomas Eakins, and reveals a similar interest the human figure both as aesthetic form and as vehicle for emotions and psychological states.



1975-79 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1977 Independent Study in Europe, Pratt Scholarship


1985-Present School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

{C}1991-92 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1999 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1997-Present New York Academy Graduate School, New York, NY



Steven Assael: Drawings and Paintings, Hite Art Institute, Cressman Center for Visual Art, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Uncovered, New York Academy of Art at Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies

ACOPAL at the National Arts Club, New York, NY


Steven Assael: Illusions of Reality, Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL

Collector’s Show & Sale, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR


Steven Assael: Paintings & Drawings, Carol Gallery Craven, Vineyard Haven, MA

Steven Assael: New Paintings & Drawings, Forum Gallery, New York, NY

Steven Assael: Drawings Forum Gallery, New York, NY


Steven Assael: Drawings, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Steven Assael, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL


Steven Assael: New Paintings & Drawings, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Steven Assael: Drawings & Paintings, Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN

Steven Assael: 20th Century Figurative Master, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA


Steven Assael: Paintings, Forum Gallery, New York, NY


Steven Assael: Drawings from 1996-2001, Forum Gallery, New York, NY

Steven Assael, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL


Steven Assael: Drawings, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL

Steven Assael Paintings and Drawings, North Carolina State University at Chapel Hill, NC


Steven Assael: A Decade of Painting and Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (catalogue)


New Paintings and Drawings by Steven Assael, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)


New Drawings, More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


New Paintings and Drawings, Tatistcheff & Co., Inc., New York, NY (catalogue)


Paintings and Drawings, Payne Gallery of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA


Paintings and Drawings, Tatistcheff & Co., Inc., New York, NY


Steven Assael: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Gray Art Center, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.


Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY


Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY


National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery, New York, NY


The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

The Art Institute of Chicago

Mr. Richard Brown Baker

Mr. John Bolton

Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Busquet

Celestial Seasonings Corporation, Boulder, CO

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Danziger

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

Jalane and Richard Davidson

The Juliet Museum of Art, Avampato Discovery Museum for the Arts & Sciences

K & B Corporation, New Orleans, LA

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City, MO

Kumada Corporation, Kobe, Japan

Mr. Steve Martin

Dr. Thomas A. Mathews

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Messinger

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Murray Collection

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Segal

Mr. and Mrs. Toshio Takashima

Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson

The Howard A. and Judith Tullman Collection

Walt Disney Corporation, Burbank, CA



Dantzic, Cynthia Maris. 100 New York Painters, Schiffer Press, Atglen, PA, 2006, page 30.

“Steven Assael at Ann Nathan Gallery,” American Arts Quarterly, Winter 2006.

Bass, Ruth. “When a Rose is a Rose,” ArtNews, February, 1996.

CBS, “Sunday Morning” Television Show, “A Look at a Modern Master,” April 4,


Codrington, Andrea. “Figuratively Speaking,” Art and Auction, June, 1996.

Gehman, Geoff. “Spiritual Treasure Chest,” Morning Call, January, 1996.

“Goings on About Town,” New Yorker, November 12, 1990, p. 22.

Hagen, Charles. “In Connecticut, a Collector’s Eclecticism,” The New York Times, Friday, July 14, 1995.

Henry, Gerritt. “Steven Assael at Staempfli,” Art in America, January, 1990.

“Steven Assael at Forum,” Art in America, May, 1999.

Jaeger, William. “Biennial Exhibit of Extremes,” Times Union, May 5, 1996.

Karnel, Pepe. “Depicting Multiculturalism,” New York Times, September, 1995.

Lipson, Farin. “Portraits in Courage, Art and Poetry of Heroism,” Newsday, March,


Mann, James. “Steven Assael, Challenge of Realism,” American Arts Quarterly,

Vol. XIII, No. 1, 1996.

Newman, Sasha M., Collecting with Richard Brown Baker, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, 1995.

Raven, Arlene. Steven Assael: Selected Drawings, Linden Hill Art Books

“Steven Assael: Revealing Light,” The World & I, August, 1999, pp. 122-127.

Welzenbach, Michael, “Dramas in Dark Detail: The Paintings of Steven Assael,” The Washington Post, Saturday, May 19, 1990, p. C2.

Wilson, Janet, “Romantic Realism,” The Washington Post, Saturd


1980 and 1990 Elizabeth T. Greenshields Grant, Montreal, Ontario

1977 Charles Romans Award

National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1975 Pratt Institute Full Scholarship, Brooklyn, NY

A Drawing with Steven Assael