STEPANOVA graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in the studio of Milan Knížák. During her studies she won for her first large-sized oil on canvas the prestigious award ‘Les Trophées de la Couleur’ from Lefranc & Bourgeois in Paris. After graduation she gained more valuable experience at the Salzburg Academy in the studio of Leon Golub and Nancy Spero. Subsequently she took part in exhibitions at Victor Bucher Gallery in Vienna, Biennale Big Torino, Prague’s Mánes Gallery, and more. Then she was admitted to the ISCP art program in New York, where she also took part in several exhibitions. She was brought to the notice of the Prague art scene through the exhibitions ‘Prague Biennale 1’ in the Trade Fair Palace, the exhibition ‘Perfect Tense’ in the Prague Castle Riding School, where the most influential contemporary Czech painters exhibited, and a solo exhibition, ‘On the Walk’, at the Prague City Gallery in the Old Town Hall. Her pictures are represented in the National Gallery’s permanent collections and those of private collectors in this country and abroad.
In her pictures that were acknowledged by Louise Bourgeois being as first-rate, STEPANOVA chiefly explores the classic themes of the still life and the landscape, in which she follows in the tradition of the Pompeii murals, the Italian renaissance or the Baroque still life, refreshing this traditional historic concept with the essence of the present and enriching it with a story reflecting the atmosphere of this age. A typical element in her paintings is a combination of red and black colour, evoking unification of two base natural instincts of life and death, darkness and light.