Steven Shapiro has worked as an artist and designer for over thirty years. He began his career as an architect graduating from Yale University's School of Architecture with an M. Arch in 1980. After a career in residential and small commercial design, as well as teaching architectural design at several American universities, he returned to an earlier love of painting, sculpture and illustration in the mid 1990's.
In 1997 he enrolled in the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he worked under the guidance of the painter Grace Hartigan and received his MFA in painting there in 1999. He has since worked continuously as a studio artist executing hundreds of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints and has pursued an exhibition schedule that has included contributing works to shows in such venues as; Government House in Annapolis, Maryland, Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore, CCBC Dundalk Campus Gallery, School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, the Reeves Gallery in Baltimore. His work has also been showcased at Auburn University in Alabama and at the Third International Exhibition of Architecture - Venice Biennale in Venice Italy. Shapiro's accomplishments as an art and architecture educator have included contributions to the programs at: Auburn University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The Catholic University of America, Baltimore and Harford County Community Colleges, The Key School in Annapolis, MD, and Loyola Blakefield School in Towson, MD.