While born in the U.S., Stephen Alcorn spent his formative years in Florence, Italy. It was there that he attended the fabled Istituto Statale d’Arte, an experience that left an indelible impression upon him and infused his work with a passion for bold technical experimentation in a wide range of disciplines and mediums, including (but not limited to): figure drawing (silver point, charcoal, pen and ink and pastel); anatomy; painting (casein, oil, watercolor, tempera), and printmaking (intaglio, woodcut, linoleum cut, and lithography). In 1981 Stephen received a BFA from Purchase University, where he studied The Art of The Book with Antonio Frasconi, and first published the critically acclaimed series of portraits titled Ritratti degli Artisti Più Celebri. Since then major publishers throughout the world have continued to employ his award winning portraiture and illustration, and his work has been the subject of numerous feature magazine articles appearing in Print, Graphis, U&LC, Linea Grafica, Grafica & Disegno, Prometeo, and Abitare. His many award-winning books for young readers include Langston Hughes: An Illustrated Edition, which won the 1998 Carter G. Woodson Book Award, and I, Too Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry, which was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. His work hangs in numerous private and permanent collections, both in the United States and in Europe. In 2008 Stephen was “Visiting Lecturer for the Art & Art History Department” at Skidmore College.
Stephen is married to botanical artist Sabina Fascione Alcorn. In 1993 they founded The Alcorn Studio & Gallery, a multifaceted workshop featuring rotating exhibits of both artists’ painting, printmaking, and publishing activities. 1998 marked the launching of their on-line gallery, located at www.alcorngallery.com. In addition to being a visual artist and instructor, Stephen is an avid guitarist and singer-songwriter.