Steven Penafiel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1967. Steven realized his calling as an artist in his very first art class when he was singled out by his teacher. He started painting when he was thirteen, and at fourteen won first place at his first juried art show. He earned his associate degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale . However fine art was always his true passion.
Steven began making large scale oil panting in 1996, and sold his first series of large scales through Martial Studies in Lexington, Kentucky were his work was sold to collectors nationally.
In 2005 Steven began painting his romantic mid twentieth century scenes in his own unique style, which he entitled Melodic Deco.
He knew this was the path that he had always envisioned taking as a painter, and has become his signature style.
To create ambitious paintings that touch the imagination as a great musical composition does.