Steven Volpe

From a technical standpoint, Steven Volpe’s paintings are rooted in the realist tradition; however, it is the thought-provoking and often enigmatic qualities beneath the surface that place his work in the arena of contemporary art.

Volpe combines a technique that catches the viewer's attention, with a depth of content to hold that attention in place. His compelling narratives invite interpretation; they reward close study. As it is not unusual for his compositions to make reference to the act of painting itself, the artist's ideas are often triggered by the psychological influences -- positive and negative -- that he encounters during the creative process: In Anatomy of a Lecture, hands that offer support and guidance are also restricting and subtly controlling; in Reprise, the remains of an old violin, revealed after a spring thaw, suggest both decay and rebirth.