Steven Silverleaf was born in 1954 and grew up between New York City, Athens Greece and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
He attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee during the 1970s where he studied painting and drawing. He was active in the local art, poetry and experimental theatre scene in Milwaukee. He returned to North Carolina in 1980 living in the mountains and on the coast before becoming a leading figure in the Raleigh-Durham Chapel Hill art community.Silverleaf now maintains a studio in Carrboro His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and juried shows. His works are included in many corporate collections.
I work both in abstract and figurative styles and in any medium that will make a mark upon a surface. The work presented in this show is acrylic and collage on rag board or paper.People often ask me “What am I thinking about when I make work like you are seeing here? I would start my answer by quoting a lyric of Leonard Cohen that goes
“We are so small between the stars,
We are so large against the sky”
From the song “Stories of the Street”, 1970
The lyric poetically captures my visual references in realizing the creation of artwork. The universe we feel we own and the universe we are actually in. Add to that the beauty and poetry of color and form and it will be close to where my thoughts are wondering when I am composing a collage.
I maintain a studio in Carrboro and invite studio visits by appointment. I am usually working on several projects at once and am working on making my studio one of the most creative spots in the triangle.