Stephen Powers was born and raised in Philadelphia, then moved to New York City in 1994. After publishing On the Go Magazine, authoring the book The Art Of Getting Over, and being a full-time graffiti writer, Powers opened his studio practice in January of 1998. Since then he has shown at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Deitch Projects, The 49th Venice Biennale, and The Luggage Store in San Francisco. In 2003, he founded the Dreamland Artist Club and partnered with Creative Time to commission over 45 artists to paint signs and rides in Coney Island. His book of pop art short stories, First And Fifteenth, was published by Villard in 2005. As a 2008 Fulbright Scholar, Powers painted a love story in the streets of Dublin and Belfast. He lives and works in Manhattan.
Solo shows: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull), site-specific installation organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Vice Director for Exhibitions and Collections Management, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NYC, US, 2015; Today is already tomorrow, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2014; Visual Blues, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE, 2013; A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, US, 2012; Days, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark, 2011; Separating Light From Dark, Patricia Armocida Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2008; Signarama, Deitch Projects at Art Basel, Miami, FL, USA, 2008; Sleep and Repeat, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Demark, 2007; The Magic World, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2007; ESPO Bakery, Deitch Projects, The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA, 2005; My List Of Demands, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA, 2004.
Collective: Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, UK, 2015; Most Oddinism, Topsafe London, The Rotunda, Miami, US, 2013; Art in the Streets, The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA,Los Angeles, US, 2011; Lots Of Things Like This, curated by Dave Eggers, Apex Art, New York, NY, USA, 2007; Beautiful Losers, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH (exhibition traveled to Yerba Buena ArtCenter, San Francisco, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France) (2004).
Special Projects: Love Letter, project by Stephen Powers, 2010; Waterboard Thrill Ride, part of Creative Time's Democracy In America Exhibition, Coney Island, NY, USA, 2008; Dreamland Artist Club, Creative Time, New York, NY, USA; Co-curated and participated in project where over 40 artists painted signs and attractions in New York Landmark Coney Island, 2004; Street Market, with Barry McGee and Todd James, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA, 2000; Indelible Market, with Barry McGee and Todd James, curated by Alex Baker, Institute Of Contemporary Art, University Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2000.