Rodger Stevens was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he spent most of his childhood playing in the street and drawing. Whenever not rigorously engaged in those pursuits, he attended the Poly Prep Country Day School. After receiving degrees in both Economics, from Pace University in New York, and Fine Art, from the Parsons School of Design in New York – and working like mad – he is now an internationally exhibited artist. Rodger currently resides in Nyack, New York, where he continues to work like mad alongside his artist wife, Johanna Goodman, and his two incandescent little kids.
For six years, immediately following Art school, Rodger worked at the New York auction house, Sotheby's. It was an incomparable education in the world of objects that initiated a fascination in the correlation between the artistic output of different cultures that continues to captivate him today.
During his tenure at Sotheby's, in the capacity of Specialist's Assistant, he moved from department to department, cataloguing, studying and, maybe most critically, handling, all manner of "property" – from three thousand year old palm-sized Cycladic Eye Idols to towering twentieth century Brancusis. It was not only the craftsmanship and history and sheer beauty that these objects embodied, but the way they spoke to one another, across the world and across time, that he found so striking, so eye-opening.
As a sculptor himself, he has his own narrative to tell and his own language with which to tell it. But he continues to seek inspiration – and expertise – from the breath-taking plexus of movements, styles, and modes of expression that have come and gone since humankind first sought to speak through form. "It is an apprenticeship with the history of makers that I am engaged in and I hope to learn everything I can from it."
The Whitney Museum of Art, The American Folk Art Museum, PS1, The Katonah Museum, The Bristol Museum, Tiffany & Co., Barney's, PS 122, David Rockwell, Jonathan Adler, Todd Oldham, The Rockwell Group, The W Hotel, Mumm's Champagne, Yohji Yamamoto, The New York Children's Museum of Art, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Stuart Weitzman, Sotheby's, MTV, Persol, The Hangaram Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea), Starbucks, The New Yorker
Leonard Lauder, Tom Armstrong, David Rockwell, Todd Oldham, Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, Alton Brown, Alfred Taubman, David and Jane Walentas
Art & Antiques, New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Elle Decor, The New York Times, Surface, Wallpaper, Dwell, Elements of Living, New York Arts Magazine, City Magazine, D Home Magazine, Sandbox Magazine, Cargo Magazine, Blueprint
2019 Art Market San Francisco, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2018, Market Art + Design Hamptons, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Hamptons, NY