Stephen Gaffney a.k.a. Studio163





Stephen Gaffney a.k.a. Studio 163 creates work in many disciplines.


At the core of the diverse range of art applications lies Stephen's deep belief in drawing as the most powerful creative tool.


He shares this belief in the classroom at The School of Visual Arts NYC, where he has taught for over 22 years and is on the faculty of the Illustration/Cartooning, Graphic Design/Advertising and Animation Departments. He also teaches a workshop for the MFA Computer Art department. Recently sent to Beijing, China to teach and represent SVA at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, International Foundation Course, the experience confirmed his root in drawing as communication. 


Stephen received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 1987 and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 1990. 

Studio163 was created in 1998.  

Clients include Jean-Luc Restaurants; Hazlewood Foods, Nottinghampshire, UK and The New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Paul's Daughter, Coney Island NY

His commissioned and private art work is in collections as diverse as Home Depot and Vanessa Williams. 

In 2004 he was a recepient of the Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship in mural painting at the New York Academy of Design.

He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his family.