Utilizing his ground breaking technique “Painting with Both Sides of the Paint”, he creates powerful abstractions and imaginary landscapes that reveal underlying gestural patterns previously hidden from the artist. By stretching the boundaries of artistic conventions such as illusionistic depth, distinct figure and ground, he is able to bend the paint the way a musician bends a note, producing less ordinary, more poetic approximations.
Steve has exhibited his work nationally in solo and group exhibitions from New York to LA and at some of Southwest Florida’s top museums and galleries.
His work was included in the 2014 “Florida Contemporary” at the Baker Museum, Artis Naples, Naples, Florida, the 2014 “All Florida” at the Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, and recently won Honorable Mention in the 31st Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York City.
Steve Pennisi has been a guest lecturer at Hodges University and Florida Gulf Coast University, conducting numerous workshops and demonstrations on his technique “Painting with Both Sides of the Paint”. His work has been written about in Art South Florida, Coaste Magazine, Studio Visit and numerous other publications.
Pennisi’s work is held in private collections across the US.