J. Steven Manolis is an American abstract expressionist artist who paints in both watercolors and acrylics on canvas. He is known for his series paintings which emphasize communication through colors. He uses colors, geometrics, and other symbols to express his messages. His works are so unique that world renowned art critics have provided him with unprecedented written acclaim.
Donald Kuspit, credits Manolis with starting a new abstract movement which he coined the “Miami School of Abstract Expressionism,” and also states, “Indeed, Manolis’ color-saturated abstractions breathe fresh life – fresh feeling – into abstract expressionism... He’s a modern master...” J. Steven is a prodigious talent. A true master painter and master of color. I have known many artists, but no one with his drive, ability – creative capacity – and intelligence. And emotional honesty.”
Additionally, Elizabeth Sobieski (Huffington Post) writes, “J. Steven Manolis is one of the foremost practitioners of AbEx today, his brilliant brushstrokes as bewitching as those of such forefathers and foremothers as Clyfford Still (originally from North Dakota), Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler.”
Manolis painted for 30 years privately under the tutelage of the great artist and colorist, Wolf Kahn. In 2014, he went public and committed fulltime to his painting career with his first solo art exhibition at the Chase Edwards Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY. Since then, he’s enjoyed a meteoric rise. In three years, he’s had 3 solo museum shows, 16 solo gallery exhibitions, 14 group shows, 15 corporate installations, and has garnered over 350 global collectors. He works in Miami in his Studio-Gallery, Manolis Projects, which is the largest private studio-gallery in Florida. Manolis is highly involved in the field of visual arts, and was past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Academy of Design and Trustee and Development Director of the Vermont Studio Center.