Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Steven Aimone spent his formative years as an artist in New York City, immersing himself in the offerings of galleries and museums. While there, he attended graduate school at Brooklyn College where he received an MFA in painting and drawing.

In 1993, Aimone left NYC and journeyed to Florida where he served as Visiting Artist in painting, drawing, and design at Stetson University.  He subsequently served as Artistic Director of Arts on Douglas (commercial gallery in New Smyrna Beach).  In 2000, Aimone married artist and fine arts writer-curator Katherine Duncan (Aimone). In 2002, the couple formed Aimone Art Services, offering fine arts workshops and arts writing services. Through AAS, Steven has taught workshops to a wide range of audiences in venues throughout North America. He is the author of Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within (Sterling Publishing, 2009) and Design! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople (Lark Books, 2004)

Aimone’s paintings and drawings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and elsewhere on the east coast, and are represented in more than a dozen corporate and numerous private collections. Recently, inspired and encouraged by his brother, photographer David Aimone, the artist has developed a passionate interest in working in black and white film photography. He finds the medium to be highly informative and a perfect compliment to his nonobjective painting.

The Aimones now live and work in Rockland, Maine, in the summer, and Asheville, North Carolina during the winter.

Artist Statement

My work is visual poetry, speaking indirectly and metaphorically about the human experience.

My nonobjective paintings serve as gateways, affording access to complex, internal states of emotion, psyche, and spirit. They convey a poignant sense of delicacy, fragility, and vulnerability. Elements are in continual flux—emerging and dissipating—as if undergoing processes of birth, growth, decay, death, and rebirth. Visual relationships speak of polarities between connection and isolation, unity and discord, tension and equilibrium.  The paintings are objects to be sensed and experienced…rather than fully understood.

The more recent work in black and white film photography serves the same set of purposes and can be only be understood experientially as well. Photography allows me to work from the visual world as a reference, harkening back to the representational paintings that were my focus early in my career. I work exclusively in monochrome as I find its way of “re-presenting” things is one step further removed from our default experience of the world. And I work with film – using older cameras and lenses in particular – because the process inherently encourages and embraces serendipitous elements and events. For me, the relative immediacy of photography serves as a perfect compliment to the more labor intensive abstract painting process.

Steven Aimone
February 2019

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