A Philadelphia native, Stephen Talasnik developed an early interest in engineering and architecture. Intrigued with everything from exposed infrastructures of bridges to transportation systems and transmission towers, Talasnik’s early stylistic mentor was Frank Lloyd Wright, whose drawings he meticulously copied as part of the process of learning his craft.
Talasnik earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA at Tyler School of Art. At RISD, he was introduced to photographers Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, whose lectures on the nature of the black and white image influenced his investigation of drawing. While a graduate student at Tyler’s Rome campus, Talasnik studied the work of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Piranesi, and the early 20th century Italian Futurists. In 1987 he moved to Tokyo to teach drawing and design at Temple University’s Japan campus and studied contemporary Japanese architecture and design. In the early 1990s he moved to New York City, where he continues to live and work today.
In 2000, Talasnik started making sculpture. His ongoing work explores the language of intuitive engineering and architecture and is included in numerous international public collections such as the Albertina (Vienna), British Museum (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Canadian Center for Architecture (Montreal), State Museum of Berlin (Germany) and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). He is represented by Marlborough Gallery.