Steven Volpe


I paint open-ended narratives derived from unremarkable scenes: ordinary people engaged in ordinary activities. Achieving an effect that is out of the ordinary is where the work begins: the transforming, the editing, the re-imagining. Positioned somewhere between a detached eyewitness account and a symbol-laden parable, my paintings invite interpretation yet still retain a comfortable and coherent plausibility.

In 2016, I received the Ontario Arts Foundation Laura Ciruls Painting Award—the accolade that has meant the most to me, so far.  My home and studio are located in Orangeville, Ontario where I live with my wife, Wendy.