Steven Assael was born in New York, NY 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.

Mr. Assael is represented by the Forum Gallery in New York and his work is in the collections of The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, TN; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, MO; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Mr. Assael was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2006.