Steven Assael

(American, b. 1957)

female portrait by steven assael

Steven Assael

Female Portrait, 2008

julie seated with hands clasped by steven assael

Steven Assael

Julie Seated With Hands Clasped, 2007

passengers by steven assael

Steven Assael

Passengers, 2008



Steven Assael was born in New York, New York in 1957. He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Mr. Assael balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings. The focus of his work is the human figure, either individually or in a group, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light. Steven Assael’s classical talents are as rare as they are essential to the diverse art world of the late Twentieth Century.

Assael has had several solo shows nationally in recent months, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee, Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, and Forum Gallery in Los Angeles. In 1999, a retrospective one-person exhibition was held at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. Steven Assael’s work has also been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, (AR), The New York Academy of Art, (NY), The Arnot Art Museum in (NY) and is represented in the public collections of The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, (TN), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MO), and most recently, The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH).


Steven Assael: New Work, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL (October 2005) (solo)
Steven Assael: New Paintings and Drawings, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Steven Assael: Paintings, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Drawings V, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Small and Mighty II, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Realism for a New Millennium, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY
Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Steven Assael: A Decade of Painting and Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (solo)
1998 - 1999
New Paintings and Drawings by Steven Assael, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998 Collector's Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR