Stephen Bauman was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1980. Bauman's family relocated soon after that to Miami, Florida where Stephen followed his older brother into the world of Graffitti. His early exposure to this art – the constant presence of paints and sketchbooks in his childhood home and frequent trips to local walls and warehouses– provided the younger Bauman with a strong foundation of the basics of design and drawing. But it was the years he spent from 2003 to 2009 studying and later teaching at the Florence Academy of Art, which enabled him to make a tremendous leap as an artist. His instructors taught him to look at the human figure, to see beauty in it's proportions– to not, for example, draw the eyes and nose as distinct elements of the face, but to study the structures and anatomy of the head, to draw the "atmosphere" around the model, they taught him to see all over again.
Following his studies at the academy, he began to teach there. The principles he learned from his instructors, the classical traditions of the craft of painting, he began passing on to the next generation of painters coming to Florence in search of an artist’s training. Once graduated, Bauman continued to grow as an artist- closely examining the works of artists he most admired: Dagnan Bouveret, Jules Bastien-Lepage, and Andrew Wyeth, among others.
Stephen Bauman is represented by Hersh Fine Art in Long Island, NY, Jack Meier Gallery in Houston and Haynes Gallery in Nashville, TN and Thomaston, ME.