Stephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey, US. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She creates paintings that unearth hidden emotions and capture the quiet drama of the world around her.
“Stephanie Deshpande’s art is beautiful and fearless. There is a physiological aspect to her pieces, a deceptive simplicity, and if you look deeper you can see a story in every portrait. Some will see something dark in her work, other’s will see the light… how we see things is completely subjective. Her work captivates, both yells and whispers…” ~ Cyndi MacMillan
Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of Poets Artists Magazine and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. She enjoys teaching classes and workshops at the Teaching Studios of Art, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Scottsdale Artists’ School, and other venues in the New York City area.
Her work has been on display at the National Arts Club, Sotheby’s, Salmagundi Club, Belenky Gallery, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, Principle Gallery Charleston, Abend Gallery, Waterhouse Gallery, Schomburg Gallery, and Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery. Her painting “Assembling the Pieces” was acquired by the New Britain Museum of American Art for their Post Contemporary room opening in the fall of 2015.
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