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Graphic designer and artist, Stefan Hengst sees objects as shapes, lines, and forms with surfaces upon which to tell stories, acting like a second skin where images and narratives can be projected. Whether it’s the stark white wall of an art gallery or a weathered fresco – walls do talk. He encourages his audience to listen and look past the surface to find a deeper interior message ready to be translated and brought to the foreground. He is drawn to architectural motifs, urban & natural landscapes and loves to explore possibilities of the materials which leads him in new creative directions.

Stefan is originally from the Netherlands, where he attended St. Joost Academy in Breda and graduated cum laude in 1991. After working several years for design firm UNA in Amsterdam he moved to New York City in 1996 to join World Studio. He started his firm 2K+ Design in 1998. Stefan also shared a partnership with xSITE, working with Ingeborg Bloem and Klaus Kempenaars on several projects throughout Europe and North America. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has been included in several exhibits and gallery shows and won awards for his designs and photography. In 2023 he created his first collaborative show at Leila Heller Gallery with his life partner Antonio Diaz. Their exhibit, called Cosmic Dance, combined Stefan’s panels with Antonio’s ceramics into large installations. Their solo show was on view at Leila Heller Gallery in New York / Dubai.

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