Stephen D’Onofrio is a contemporary visual artist, focused in painting. Stephen’s work is characterized by an interest in the home decor market, the mass commodification of art, and the generic visual lexicon that accompanies the design market. Stephen lives and works in Chicago, IL and has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the city and nationwide. Most recently, he showed at The Stolbun Collection in Chicago and was featured in the national publication “New American Painting.” Stephen received his MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, and will continue to paint in his South Side studio for the foreseeable future.

My work explores the relationship between physical spaces and the objects we fill them with. Often focusing on typical domestic decor and household ornaments, the work makes these inherently empty objects into simplified symbols and patterns that can then be rearranged and compressed to carry a formal sensibility. Currently, my work has concerned the idea of the painting as ornament, with stock subjects of landscape, still life, and portraiture becoming knickknacks. I distill, consolidate, and appropriate the overwhelming amount of generic design aesthetic in the commercial decor market when working. Rather than fight the inherent kitschiness of this visual language, I embrace the imagery so the work can, in turn, become a critique of the subject it is representing.