STEPHEN JOHNSON was born in Madison Wisconsin. He studied at The University de Bordeaux, the Conservatoire des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France, received a BFA in Painting and a BFA in Design and Illustration at the University of Kansas. He holds four medals from the Society of Illustrators Museum in NYC. In 2004 he won the Phoenix Award for Exceptional Artistic Achievement and in 2005 he was awarded the Governor's Award for Individual Artist. Johnson's drawings and paintings are found in numerous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the New Britain Museum of Art, Connecticut. Solo exhibitions of his work have been featured at the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, New York; the Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Among his public art works is a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York.