Born in Detroit, Steve Smulka moved to New York City at age 18 to attend The School of Visual Arts. While majoring in fine art he studied with, among others, photo-realist Chuck Close who had a profound effect on him. After completing his education at the University of Massachusetts, where he received an MFA degree, Steve moved back to New York to continue his painting career.
In 1978 he had his first show at the Soho Center for Arts. As a result of this exposure his paintings began to be collected by some of America’s largest corporations. He has exhibited his work regularly since then. His paintings are now included in numerous corporate and private collections in North and South America, Europe and Japan.
Smulka currently has a studio outside New York City in South Salem, NY and teaches drawing and anatomy at The School of Visual Arts. He began producing limited edition giclee prints in 2002, making his work available to an even wider audience.