Alix Rowena Stefan's
vibrant painting style has helped to shape the expression of American
art. The rich natural beauty of Alix' art flows from a unique
combination of her background and spirit.
Born in Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin, Alix moved with her family to the tropical island of Puerto
Rico at an early age. Being raised in the Caribbean, she grew to love
the richness of nature and the warmth and passion of the Puerto Rican
culture. This early environment and her mother's urging toward self
expression have profoundly affected the development of her artistic
vision and skillfully exuberant style.
As a high-school
student Alix returned to the United States where she completed school and reacquainted herself with American
culture. A few years later, she married and became a devoted mother,
raising two sons while further exploring
her artistic abilities. Inspired by her
coursework and the southwestern desert, she began to paint
professionally. Most of her early work emphasized palette-knife oil
painting, where Spanish missions and the vivid beauty of the Arizona
desert in bloom became important subjects for her paintings.
Alix continued to
broaden her artistic and business experience by exploring opportunities
in the gift industry. She first worked as an art director for a greeting
card company and then started her own small manufacturing business
selling a variety of hand-decorated products. After ten successful years
in business, Alix sold her company and returned to her initial passion -
original fine art. This time her work emphasized acrylic painting and
mono-prints enhanced by hand. She also remained active in the art
community by teaching art classes privately and judging art shows.
Most recently, Alix has
gained an affinity for plein-air painting; that is, painting outdoors
directly from nature to spontaneously capture the effects of light and
color. Alix continues to develop her skills by studying with some of the
best representational painters in the country. She has also been active
in several plein-air workshops in Arizona and in France, practicing the
French impressionist style right at its historical roots.
Alix Stefan's art
appears in galleries, and in private and corporate collections,
nationally and internationally.