Artist Biography

Stephen Wozniak is a conceptual artist who primarily works in wood, solid surfaces, hardware and fine finishes. His art is about personal identity, perception, belief, memory and the materials and objects that reflect and obscure our domestic lives. His works have been exhibited in the Bradbury Art Museum, Cameron Art Museum, Leo Castelli Gallery at Brenau University, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, Il Museo Colle del Duomo and Lincoln Center, among others. He and his work have been featured in such publications as Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Art of the Times and Artiholics Magazine. He is also a published author on the arts, co-hosted the performing arts weekly series Center Stage on KXLU radio in Los Angeles and guest hosts Art World: The Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art podcast in New York City. His works are held in numerous private and public permanent collections. Stephen was born in Dover, New Hampshire and raised in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Stephen is a member of the international artist network Berlin Collectiv. He formally studied visual fine art, performance art and art history. He earned a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California and maintains a studio practice in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Artist Statement

Home is where the art is. It’s a place in which many of our subjective perceptions and personal relationships begin. Often, our domestic life is reflected in choices that define home through objects, materials, tools and the settings where they are used over time. Home, in the context of my work, also alludes to the place where our interior lives and outward identity emerge, as well as the family and community dynamic that they are intrinsically a part of. My work, which is minimal in form, offers a discrete pathway through personal memory, rendering both revelation and concealment of both the self and other. It is also a place for contemplation, a point of departure from an independent object to a continuum with the viewer. I primarily use common, accessible domestic home interior materials, such as cabinet wood, hardware and fine finishes to invite viewers back home in a way that enables them to review and dispel their lives and relationships.

Artist CV

Born

1971  Dover, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

Education

1993  B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1991  Undergraduate Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Honors

2020

Award Winner of Abstract Only! 10th Annual Exhibition, Wailoa Center, curated by Codie King, Hilo, Hawaii

1992  

First Prize Winner and payment award for the National ’92 Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, curated by Dan Cameron (New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York), Cobleskill, New York

Selected Exhibitions

2022

Floating in the Water, ArteSpazioTempo gallery, curated by Adelinda Allegretti, Venice, Italy, May 25 – June 9

Act Natural, Berlin Collectiv, curated by Stephen Wozniak, virtual exhibition and New York, New York, May 20 – June 18

Art Matters 5, Galerie Biesenbach, curated by Stéphane Biesenbach, virtual exhibition and Cologne, Germany, April 9 – April 24

State of the Art/Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, curated by Dr. Maia Nuku, Alejo Benedetti and Michael Rooks, Wilmington, North Carolina, April 9 – October 9

Landscape: Inside and All Around Me, Il Museo Colle del Duomo, curated by Adelinda Allegretti, Viterbo, Italy, February 19 – March 5

Landscape: Inside and All Around Me, Carlo D’Orta Art Gallery, curated by Adelinda Allegretti, Rome, Italy, January 20 – 30

2021

Illumination, Cameron Art Museum, curated by Bob Unchester, Wilmington, North Carolina, December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Contemporary Art Survey, The Lincoln Center, curated by Todd Underwood and Zoey Frank, Fort Collins, Colorado,  November 10, 2021 – January 8, 2022

Art Matters 4, Galerie Biesenbach, curated by Stéphane Biesenbach, virtual exhibition and Cologne, Germany, October 17 – 31

Nerd Alert, Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, curated by Dollie Boyd, Moses Lake, Washington, August 20 – September 23

The Fall of Civilization, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, curated by Alicia Eggert and Linda Cullum, Lubbock, Texas, August 6 – September 25

You Are Here Now, Berlin Collectiv, curated by Nicole Cohen, virtual exhibition and New York, New York, June 6 – August 6

Insight, Cape Cod Museum of Art, curated by Grace Hopkins, Dennis, Massachusetts, March 18 – June 20

All Abstract, 311 Gallery, curated by Lakeshia Reid and Kenneth Proseus, Raleigh, North Carolina, March 5 – 26

2020

Illumination, Cameron Art Museum, curated by Bob Unchester, Wilmington, North Carolina, November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Abstract Only! 10th Annual Exhibition, Wailoa Center, Hawaii Island Art Alliance, curated by Codie King, Hilo, Hawaii, October 2 – 27

Authentic Marks’ 3rd International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition, Zayed University, curated by Shaghaf Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 27 – September 5

L.A. Stories, Leo Castelli Gallery, Brenau University, curated by Paul Paiement, Gainesville, Georgia, February 13, 2020 – May 31, 2021

2020 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Art Museum, curated by Gretchen L. Wagner, Jonesboro, Arkansas, January 23 – February 29

2019

Illumination, Cameron Art Museum, curated by Holly Tripman Fitzgerald, Wilmington, North Carolina, December 7, 2019 – January 12, 2020

1993

So It Is Written, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, New York, December 1-23

Annual Regional Film and Video Makers Showcase, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, May 3 – June 3

1992

National ’92 Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, curated by Dan Cameron, Cobleskill, New York, May 29 – July 10

1991

First Annual Hair Ball Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, hosted by John Waters, Baltimore, Maryland, April 27 – May 11

Publications

2022

“Landscape: Inside and All Around Me # 3.” Eventi della Tuscia, February 17, 2022. Retrieved from Landscape: Inside and All Around Me #3.

2020

Quintana, Kelly, “Stephen Wozniak: Remembering Home.” Art of the Times, Winter 2020: 12-13. Print and online. Retrieved from Stephen Wozniak: Remembering Home.

Wisniewski, John, “Spotlight on Stephen Wozniak: Conceptual Artist and Actor.” AMFM Magazine, November 2020. Retrieved from Spotlight on Stephen Wozniak: Conceptual Artist and Actor.

Mino, Ylenia, “Meet the Los Angeles-based Conceptual Artist Stephen Wozniak.” Artiholics Magazine, October  2020. Retrieved from Meet the Los Angeles-based Conceptual Artist Stephen Wozniak.

Parker, Samantha, “Stephen Wozniak: A Simple Place in Life.” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, March 2020. Retrieved from Stephen Wozniak: A Simple Place in Life.  

Wagner, Gretchen L.,  2020 “Delta National Small Prints Exhibition” catalog, Bradbury Art Museum. Print.

1992

Cameron, Dan, “National ’92 Small Works” exhibition catalog, Fourteenth Edition Exhibition Directory, The Exhibit Planners, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Print.

As Published Author

2022

Wozniak, Stephen, “Dialogues Across Time at Gemini G.E.L.” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, November 2022. Retrieved from Dialogues Across Time at Gemini G.E.L.

Wozniak, Stephen, “Real Wild at Palo Gallery.” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, November 2022. Retrieved from Real Wild at Gallery.

Wozniak, Stephen, “Then and Again: The Perennial Present and Deep Reflection of Ken Lum.” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, October 2022. Retrieved from Then and Again: The Perennial Present and Deep Reflection of Ken Lum.

Wozniak, Stephen, “They Are Us: Sandy Skoglund Classic ‘Outtakes’.’” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, September 2022. Retrieved from They Are Us: Sandy Skoglund Classic ‘Outtakes’.

2021

Wozniak, Stephen, “Peter Max: From Positive Pop Art Prince to Human Rights Prisoner.” Noah Becker’s Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, December 2021. Retrieved from Peter Max: From Positive Pop Art Prince to Human Rights Prisoner.

2014

Wozniak, Stephen, “Painted Perspectives and Abstract Objectives.” Art review of LACMA’s ‘Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting’. Entertainment Voice, August 2014. Retrieved from Painted Perspectives and Abstract Objectives.

Wozniak, Stephen, “Whose Side is it Anyway?” An interview with the director and screenwriter Ned Benson on ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’. Entertainment Voice, September 2014. Retrieved from Whose Side is it Anyway? An interview with director and screenwriter Ned Benson on ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’.

Wozniak, Stephen, “‘This is Where I Leave You’ Leaves a Lot Behind.” Feature motion picture review. Entertainment Voice, September 2014. Retrieved from ‘This is Where I Leave You’ Leaves a Lot Behind.   

As Podcast Host

2022

Guest hosts the popular visual arts podcast, Art World: The Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

As Radio Host

2001-2002

Co-Hosted KXLU’s weekly radio program Center Stage, which featured lively in-depth discussions with motion picture, television, live theatre and creative multi-media guests.

Artist Presentations

2019

Noon Lecture series on fine art and acting at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fred Lazarus IV Center, Baltimore, Maryland, April 29, 2019

2014

Lecture on fine art and acting, Albertus Magnus Schule, Vienna, Austria, October 21, 2014.

Teaching Experience

2019

Visiting artist, undergraduate critiques, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, March 4 and 11, 2019

Professional Experience

1991

The Baltimore Museum of Art, researcher for chief curator Jan Howard, Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Baltimore, Maryland

Membership

Member of the international artist network Berlin Collectiv.

Collections

David Cronenberg
Lincoln Center
Sandy Skoglund
Ken Lum
Brenau University
Kelcey Edwards
Martha Colburn
Dr. Joyce Tsai
Pat O’Neill
Dan Cameron
Jan Howard
Dr. Patrick T. Vargas
Rob Walker
Erik Hedegaard
Dr. Csilla Veress
Noah Becker
Ken Weathersby
Magnus Resch
Dr. Lance Hutchens
Doris Schamp
Shaghaf Group
Nichole Rawlings
Dr. Christian Lerch
Leela Grant
Dr. Peter Sultana
Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Andy Scott Ladson
Bailey Placzek
Terryn and Jon Button
Paul and Janice Paiement
Alan and Leah Verrill Heitz
Seth Hunter
Sterling Mire
Sharon Spencer