Alan Steele was born in Caracas, Venezuela, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He was influenced early on by many of his Bowery contemporaries working as the studio assistant for Tom Wesselmann, Will Insley, and Charles Hinman, as well as working as an art handler for Ileana Sonnabend Gallery. He has lived and worked on the Bowery for over four decades.
Steele’s work has been exhibited internationally and is part of numerous public, corporate, and private
collections including Bell Atlantic, Washington D.C., Werner Kramarsky, NYC, Cy Newhouse, NYC, Carlo Bella, NYC, Tom Wesselmann, NYC, Jerome Stern, NYC, John Weber, NYC, and Michelle Tillou, NYC. He is also a curator of South American and African Tribal art and has guest curated shows at Betty Cuningham Gallery, the Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, and more.