Photo: Rosie Lopeman

Photo: Rosie Lopeman


Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received a Certificate in painting from the New York Studio School in 2004, and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by The Minster Gallery in the UK.

I paint, draw and collage to find out what I think about the world; to discover the things I do not have words for. When painting, I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings about the subject, and in collage, I love the randomness — the snippets of text and photographs appearing and disappearing that becomes the subject’s likeness. I am interested in the conversation between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photo realistic illustration. My work rather explores the tension of what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.


Solo Shows
Kings and Queens of Late Night, The Lionheart Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY (Catalogue)
Seen & Unseen, Garment District Space for Public Art, NYC
Geoffrey Stein: A Decade of Portraits, UConn, Stamford Art Gallery, Stamford, CT (Catalogue)
Irrational Exuberance, Lionheart Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY
Working Process: Drawings & Collages by Geoffrey Stein, Goodenough Gallery, Mecklenburgh Square, London

Selected Group Shows
#CollageNow, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC
Adorn Me, Artsy, online exhibition by Zhou B. Art Center and PoetsArtsits
Art From the Boros VI, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC
Documented Humans, Curated by Jenny Wu and Michael Holt, Washington DC
Hide & Seek, Juror: Rachel Rickert, Vivid Space SD, San Diego, CA
Nevertheless She Persisted, Love Art Gallery & Studio, South Norwalk, CT
Works On/Of Paper, Brick Red Gallery, New Orleans, LA
HREI‹UR, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Single Fare 4, High Line Stages, NYC
Alternative Facts, The Road Gallery, curated by Neil Jacobs, online exhibition
Sight Unseen, curated by Alia El-Bermani, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
The Portrait Show, Jo Hay Open Studio, Provincetown MA
Real American, The Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Artists' and Writers' Benefit, East Hampton, NY
The London Summer Intensive Exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London
Human Rights Art Exhibition, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
First Street Gallery, National Juried Exhibit, Juror Steven Harvey, NYC
Drawn, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Yesterday's News, Curator: Douglas Ferrari, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ
Shooting Star CHASE (Children’s Hospice Assoc.), Art Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London (Participated 2007-14)
Summer Group Exhibition, Lionheart Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY
23rd Annual Juried Show, Juror: David Cohen, Bowery Gallery, NYC
Who We Aren't, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
The Face of Portraiture, Curator: Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Online, online exhibition
Surpassing Edges, SPACEEWOMb Gallery, NYC
Drawing Perspectives, Curator: John Anderson, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD
8th International Drawing Annual, Published by Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Face to Face: New Portraits, Curator: Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Online, online exhibition
8th Annual Human Rights Exhibt, The Cooper Center for Communication Arts, South Texas College, McAllen, TX;
Nude Attitude, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
Canvas, Oxheart, Brooklyn Lyceum, NY
America: Now and Here, Juror: Eric Fischl, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL
Saatchi Online Collage Showdown: Top 10, online exhibition, Juror: Wangechi Mutu
New York Studio School Alumni Show, Juror: John Newman, New York Studio School, NYC
Juxtaposed, Juror: Alyssa Monks, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT
Artists’ and Writers’ Benefit, East Hampton, NY
British Forces Foundation Benefit, Dorchester Hotel, London
Art at the Top, Curated by corbettPROJECTS at the Empire State Building, NYC
Open City, Juror Sean Scully. New York Studio School, NYC
Slick Dessin, Paris, exhibiting with corbettPROJECTS
Scratch, The Docklands, Dublin
SaLon Summer 2007 Show: Works by London’s Top 25 Graduates, SaLon Gallery, London
Slade MA/MFA Degree Show, The Slade School of Fine Art, London
An Exhibition of Slade School Artists Past and Present, Michael Simkins LLP, London
Bowery Gallery Juried Show, Juror: Bill Jensen, Bowery Gallery, NYC
48th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Juror: Stephen Westfall; Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY
Drawing Conclusions, Juror: Jay Fisher; Maryland Federation of Art, Baltimore, MD
Portraiture Salon Style, Curator: curated by Xico Greenwald, Diamantina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


The Kolaj Magazine National Collage Society Award, 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition by NCS, at Union Gallery, Chicago, IL
Short list, Celeste Art Prize, London
Dean’s Prize, New York Studio School, NY

Talks & Panels

Interview on ”What’s the Story with Kim Berns,” Podcast, The Rye Record, July 15, 2019
“Some Thoughts on Selling Art Online,” New York Artist Circle, NYC, February 7, 2019
Kim Berns and Meredith Bach, “Anything Goes with Kim Berns,” Selling Art Online, Interview, 1490 WGCH, Greenwich, CT, May 3, 2018
SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland, Artist Talk, January 16, 2018
“Power to... The Art of Protest,” Flag Art Foundation, UCL Alumni Panel Discussion, June, 2017
Joe Donahue “Roundtable,” Interview, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Albany, New York,
December 12, 2016
2014 Kim Berns and Bonnie Levison, “ Anything Goes with Kim Berns,” Second Acts, Interview, 1490 WGCH, Greenwich, CT, March 5, 2014
New York Studio School Alumni Exhibition Panel Discussion, New York Studio School, NYC
2010 “Don’t go in there:” Painting in the Slade Life Room 2003-07, talk for conference on art education, University College London, London
Focus on Drawing, talk on drawing as part of a studio practice, The Slade School of Fine Art, London

Public Collections
New York Historical Society, NYC
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Goodenough College, London

Selected Press

Collage as a Formal Element, Artists on Art Magazine online, February, 2019

A Lifetime of Making Art, but New to Selling it Online, Amy Zipkin, New York Times, Feb 9, 2018.

From the Law Office to Painting the Stars of Late-Night TV, Paul Grondahl, Albany Law Magazine, Summer 2017.
Geoffrey Stein: Abstraction and Realism, Metal Magazine, Spring 2017.
Spotlight: Geoffrey Stein '82: Portrait of a Portraitist, Mikhail Horowitz, Bardian Magazine, Fall 2016.
Portraits of Painting by Geoffrey Stein,, September 18, 2016
Seen & Unseen, Art Daily, August 24, 2016
If This Art Could Vote, Huffington Post, July 23, 2016
Revealing the Seen and the Unseen, Elizabeth Meade Howard, Streetlight Magazine, Spring, 2016
Poets and Artists Magazine, Portraits Issue #72, February 2016
'Politically Incorrect' Taps Hot Buttons, Jennifer Landes, East Hampton Star, January 28, 2016
Geoffrey Stein's Portraits Are Made Using Collage And Paint, Mutant Space, August 17, 2015
Geoffrey Stein, Portraits of Painting, The Art Blog, April 3, 2014
Connecticut Cultural Calendar, The New York Times, November 17, 2013
Landau, Lauren, Art Beat With Lauren Landau, WAMU, August 19, 2013, online
Peripheral ARTeries, February 2013 issue, online
Vartanian, Hrag, Talk Back Tuesday, Hyperallergic Labs, December 5, 2012, online
Rainey, Jeff, Geoffrey Stein: Irrational Exuberance & Perceptual Painting, Today in Art, November 21, 2012, online
Hartigan, Philip A., A View From the Easel, Pt. 26,, September 26, 2012, online
Chayka, Kyle, Summer Fridays for Art in conjunction with Tumblr Storyboard and Artinfo, August 24, 2012, online
Artists & Illustrators, September 2007, p. 80, profile
“The Water Cooler,” Times of London, July 23, 2007, online
“Working Process: Drawings & Collages by Geoffrey Stein”, Goodenough Gallery— essay by Adelina Vlas


New York Studio School Interviews, held in the collection of the New York Studio School Library, NYC
Here’s Johnny! A portrait of Johnny Carson, held in the collection of the New York Studio School Library, NYC
Kings & Queens of Late Night, held in the collection of the New York Studio School Library, NYC
Geoffrey Stein: A Decade of Portraits,
held in the collection of the New York Studio School Library, NYC
Slade Portraits: MFA Painting 2005-07, held in the collection of the Slade School of Fine Art Archive, University College, London Library, London, and the New York Studio School Library, NYC

SÍM Residency, Reykjavík, Iceland, January, 2018
The London Summer Intensive, Slade School of Fine Art, August 2015
Artist in Residence, Governor’s Island, NY. National Park Service Program, Summer – Fall 2005
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, July 2004

Art Studies

The Slade School of Fine Art, MFA in Painting 2007
New York Studio School, Certificate in Painting June 2004


Albany Law School, J.D. 1986
Albany Law Review 1984-86
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, B.A., 1982
Parson’s School of Design, 1978-80
Studied Environmental Design