Steve Pauley is originally from North Carolina. He relocated to West Virginia where he received his BA from West Virginia State University and MA from Marshall University. While living there, he made thousands of tombstones for his community. He learned to engrave stone, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves blowing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stone’s surface. He carried these skills, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University, into his own art-making. After receiving his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, he moved to Brooklyn, where he still lives and works.
Pauley has shown his work internationally, including at Skolska28 Prague, CR. Solo exhibitions include The Gallery at St. Mary the Virgin Cathedral in Times Square, the Broadway Gallery in New York, Amalie Rothschild Gallery in Baltimore and Della Brown Taylor Gallery, WVSU, among others. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter described Pauley’s work as the most striking and unorthodox in the exhibition Bird Flew, curated by Robert Storr, at Tribes gallery in NY.