The graceful art deco images that decorate so many Art Deco Society of California
publications (including many Sophisticate covers and our note cards and pin) are the
work of Stephan, our Artist-in-Residence since ADSC's founding in 1984.
Growing up in Southern California, Stephan dreamed of being a cartoon animator. He
saw his first major Broadway show, Follies, at age 21 and from that moment on his
goal was to affect people through his art, through stage and costumes and drama. He
began an intense study of the 1920s, '30s and '40s at a time when it was considered
kitsch, and eventually discovered the art of Erte.
Stephan found out as much as he could about this unique artist, whose career spanned
most of the 20th century, and wrote to him in Paris. They eventually met, and continued
to correspond until Erte's death. One of Stephan's greatest honors was going to
New York in 1985 to present Erte with a lifetime achievement award from the Art
In addition to his work for the Art Deco Society, Stephan has designed posters, logos,
pins, stage sets for many Bay Area organizations, and has held several exhibits of his
art. He has given lectures on Erte at several international art deco meetings and the
Martin Lawrence Gallery.
Stephan's illustrations have also graced many of our Preservation Ball invitations and
posters, like the Platinum Ball in 2001.
To view Stephan's artworks online, go to: Art Deco Society where
you will find several galleries of his work.