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Stephen Cefalo was born in 1976 in Nuremburg, Germany to American parents.


Stephen's lifelong relationship with both fine art and illustration began in childhood. As a child, he studied the art forms of traditional oil painting, animation, the graphic arts and comics.

Cefalo studied both Illustration and Painting at School of Visual Arts in New York City.  With a BFA in Illustration, he later completed his graduate studies in Painting at Indiana University in Bloomington.  
Stephen counts world-class artists Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, and Nelson Shanks among his teachers.  


Stephen exhibits and is collected nationally.  He is frequently published in popular art magazines as both a featured artist and columnist.  His work as Rugrats artist at Nickelodeon and assistant painter for pop artist, Jeff Koons contributed to his breadth of artistic knowledge.  Formerly an instructor  at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Stephen currently paints and illustrates full-time in Raleigh, NC. 

Selected Client List:

  • Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR

  • Artgraf fine art materials, João da Madeira, Portugal

  • The Artist's Magazine, Cincinnati, OH

  • EUX Media, Hollywood, CA

  • Gaia TV, Boulder, CO

  • Genie Canvas fine art materials, New York, NY

  • Hershey's chocolate & candy, Hershey, PA

  • Hilton Head Ballet Company, Hilton Head, SC

  • Carl Karcher, Founder of Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Anaheim, CA

  • Lyon College, Batesville, AR

  • Nickelodeon Creative Resources, New York, NY

  • Paramount Home Video, Hollywood, CA

  • Dr. Michael Salla, author, Kalpana, HI

  • P. Allen Smith, television host, PBS, the Weather Channel, Roland, AR

  • Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Quapaw, OK

  • Jason Quitt, Author, Toronto, Canada

  • Sphere Being Alliance, Boulder, CO

  • Strathmore Papers, Neenah, WI

  • Staedtler Mars fine art materials, Nurnberg, Germany

  • Trinity Broadcasting Network, Nashville, TN

  • Universal Studios Theme Park, Orlando, FL

  • Whole Foods Market, Little Rock AR