Gary Stephan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942. He studied at the Art Students League and Parsons and Pratt Institute before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Stephan’s works reflect the influences of the moment and his styles are often changing. During the 1960s he was inspired by the California figurative style of Richard Diebenkorn, among others and during the 1970s, influenced by Jasper Johns, Stephan became an experimental abstractionist, exploring with different media and materials. Recently he has been painting vividly colored geometric abstractions and making prints of ribbon-like swirls.
Stephan has held teaching positions at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union in New York City. He was a visiting artist at the Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco and Maryland Art Institutes and other universities including Brown, Yale, Cornell and Columbia.
His work has been shown nationally and internationally at the Mary Boone Gallery, Hirschl & Adler Gallery and Marlborough Gallery, all in New York. He has also shown at the Baumgartner Galleries in Washington D.C. and at galleries in Paris, Italy and Barcelona.