Growing up in Eastern Germany Steffen experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall. That event brought huge changes to his home country and at the same time opened great new possibilities for his future.
Always drawn to the visual world and his love for creating things he decided to study Multimedia and Computer Science. He introduced a class of figurative drawing from life model to the school and pushed and developed the creative part of the program as far as possible assisting the school in developing. In his final year he took on an internship in the visual effects industry in Los Angeles. Internship turned to a job and Steffen stayed in LA for 6 years having worked successfully on many commercials, music videos and movie productions. After his success in the visual effects field as now artist, supervisor and creative director Steffen was ready for the next step. In 2009 he left California to travel around the world and find new inspiration.
Two years later that quest brought him to Florence. Still true to his passion for creating and a growing love for the work of the old masters Steffen decided to study classical painting and drawing as new media to express his ideas. In 2011 Steffen joined The Florence Academy of Art to study the techniques of the old masters and further his understanding of art and beauty. Since then he won 3 scholarship prizes, best Final Project 2014, and the prestigious 4th Year Prize at the Academy studying directly under the instruction of Master Painter Daniel Graves. He also teaches in the Intensive Drawing program of the Academy.