In utero, Gideon Stein was doing amazing artwork, and hearing incredible sounds coming from the world outside. Born in 1970 in NYC, he has devoted his life to producing a body of art and music. One of his early mentors was Sheila Lamb, who led the art department at the Dalton School. In 1977 his work was included in a Dalton student art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
It was his first show. He began playing guitar when he was eight years old, and immediately fell in love with the instrument. During his formative years, he took studio art courses at Don Stacy Studios while attending City-As-School, and studied sculpture and color theory with Jon Batdorff at Goddard College, VT. His first exposure to Jazz was while interning in the art department of GRP Records in 1987 in New York City. It was an experience that would become a powerful influence in his art and music. He then studied with Guitar master Howard Morgen at the New School. After playing with post-punk and alt-rock bands on the lower east side in the early '90's, Gideon contributed guitar tracks to a Lisa Lisa album in 1993 entitled "LL77". Also in 1993 his mural "Universal Harmony" was exhibited at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.During an art sabbatical in 1995, he traveled throughout Central Java and Bali, Indonesia. The qualities of light and color led to a breakthrough for the young artist, who sought a paradisiacal region outside of his urban experience. He studied painting with Emily Mason and printmaking with Vincent Longo at Hunter College. He became a member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC In 1998. In 1999, a journey to Morocco, from Casablanca through Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains, brought more artistic inspiration. Upon returning to America, Gideon moved to Woodstock, NY to assist the painter Al Held.
In 2002, Stein's love of music and art culminated in his mobile "Guitar Sculpture", which was featured in the art communities' centennial event. In 2003, he immersed himself in a four-year music and art intensive in Brooklyn's Park Slope, where he recorded music, participated in group shows, displayed his work in local enclaves, and performed at area clubs. In 2006 he participated in the Park Slope Artist Studio tour. In June 2007, Gideon relocated to Bridgehampton, NY to open the Gideon Stein Gallery. On August 19th he unveiled his first show, a retrospective of mixed media works on Paper, Canvas, Wood and Shoes. The mission of Stein's gallery is to feature established and emerging artists, and to partner with charitable organizations. Proceeds from his inaugural show went towards the Peconic Land Trust and the Nassau Land Trust. An Artist-in-Residence in Bridgehampton, Mr. Stein seeks to focus his energy on private, site-specific murals and sculpture. He hopes to compliment the abundance of beauty on the east end with his work.