Stefano Puleo was born in the province of Catania Acitrezza on 29th May, 1950.
His first approach to painting dates back to adolescence, when he saw up close the works of great masters like Guttuso, Migneco, Barbaro, Mirabella and many others who participated in the Acitrezza Award during the early sixties.
In 1964, he enrolled at the Art School of Catania. The year 1966 dates his artistic debut in expositions and participation in competitions. At that time, his production mainly included drawings and small sculptures.
He held his first solo exhibition in 1970, at the G7 gallery in Catania, and visited several European cities in the same year. He rested in Oslo for a while where he saw the works of Munch, but it was the whole historical period of expressionism that attracted his interest. He also visited Berlin and Dresden.
In 1972, he held an exhibition of one hundred drawings at the Zelantea Academy of Acireale and in 1974, he set up a solo exhibition of 40 drawings and began a partnership that led him to make thirty etchings in two years, some of which are on show at the Underground gallery in Giarre.
In 1975, he was appointed as assistant professor of art at the Art School of Catania. In 1976, he set up a exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures in La Vite gallery of Catania as well as exhibiting 100 drawings at the St. Luca Gallery in Verona.
In 1980, he was called by Giuseppe Fava to collaborate in the drafting of the Journal of the South, producing political satire and grotesque satyr drawings for the magazine. That same year, he held solo exhibitions at La Vite Gallery in Catania and the Ghelfi Gallery in Verona.
In 1981, he exhibited his works at the Gregorian University in Rome and Lo Scudo Gallery in Verona, where we presented the collection, “The Circus”, with a presentation by J. P. Jouvet of Gibralfaro editions.
A collection of etchings entitled “Tribute to Rudy de Cadaval”- taken from his exhibitions at La Vite Gallery in Catania - were edited in a book with text written by Domenico Cara. He took part in the Ibla Mediterranean Prize and was awarded the New Generation Prize.
In 1982, he held solo exhibitions in the St. Luca Gallery in Verona and at Ghelfi Montecatini, where a monograph of his paintings entitled “Stefano Puleo” and edited by Ghelfi Edizioni in Verona, was presented. In 1983, there was another of oil painting, watercolors, drawings, prints presented at the St. Luca Gallery in Verona. He exhibited at the 1984 Art Expo in Bari.
In 1985, he organised another solo exhibition at the La Vite Gallery in Catania and in 1986, he held a solo exhibition at the Ghelfi Gallery in Verona, where the monograph, “Stefano Puleo Watercolors” – published by Ediarte, Milan, and text by Dario Colnago- was presented.
He was present with his works at the Bidart event in Bergamo, 1987. In 1991, the monograph “Stephen Puleo” was presented. Its material was taken from exhibitions at La Vite Gallery in Catania, while its text was written by Dario Micacchi. In the same year, he took part in the Fourth Bidart in Bergamo.
In 1992, he held solo exhibitions at the following galleries: the Faustini in Florence, the Meridiana in Verona, Gallery 10 in Maratea, Marconi di Forte dei Marmi and the Meceden in Milazzo.
The town of Laives, near Bologna, promoted a solo exhibition which was curated by the Faustini gallery of Florence.
His work was also present at the 1993 Bologna Art Fair and Art Expo in Bari, while in 1994, he held solo exhibitions at Palazzo Fizzarotti in Bari, Mediarte Art Gallery in Rome and Il Pozzo Gallery of Bellinzona.
In 1996, he presented solo exhibitions at the Marconi di Forte dei Marmi Gallery, at the Faustini Gallery in Florence and at La Vite Gallery in Catania.
1998, he organised solo expositions at the Ars Italica Gallery in Milan, the former Carmelite church in Taormina and in the Church of Santacroce at Brisighella. He also had his travelling exhibiton entitled, “Sicily is an archipelago”, hosted in Rome, New Jork, Palermo and Messina.
In 2000, he had solo exhibitions at Artexpo in New York, Tesion Telekommunikation Stuttgart and Galerie 4 in Freiburg.
In 2001, he participated at Expo Arte in Bari, Art Expo in Udine and Art Padua 2001. His monograph, “Puleo”, was launched at Milan’s Press Club.
It was published by TÉCHNE art editions and curated by Domenico Montalto.
In 2002, he was awarded the Pulchra Ecclesia Prize- a series of art for sacred space- in Montichiari, near Brescia, as well as the Carthage International Prize in Hammamet, Tunisia.
In 2003, he held a solo exhibition at the Norman Palace in Palermo and another solo in 2005, at the Sangiorgio Gallery in Milan. In 2006, he participated at: Luxury & yachts in Verona, Nonsolotarli in Rome, Antiques in Bari and Cremona Antiques in Cremona.
In 2007, he was present at Palazzo Robellini in Acqui Terme and also at the European Parliament Headquarters, holding two solo exhibitions.
In 2008, he organized a solo exhibition at the Artistic Cultural Piedmont Gallery of Art in Turin and in 2009, he held another solo called “Reality suspended” which was curated by Prof. Carlo Franza of the Press Club of Milan and catalogued by Silvia Editrice publishers.
In 2009, he won the XXI edition of the Arts Award for Culture Prize (Critics Award), in Milan, and on the recommendation of Professor Carlo Franza.
In 2010, he presented a solo exhibition at Castel dell ‘Ovo, in Naples and in the same year, became a member of the Arcane Movement.
In 2011, he received the “Gugliemo II” award and has permanent work on display at the “Giuseppe Sciortino” Museum in Monreale, Palermo.
In the same year, he has also exhibited work at the Eden Fine Art Gallery, New York. In 2012,The National Museum of Lviv (Ukraine) acquires a work permanently. The same year exhibition in Rome at the Teatro dei Dioscuri at the Quirinale Palace exhibition in New York at the UN building (Human Contrasts - the masterpieces of the italian art) and White Plains - Artwestchester. At the National Arts Club in New York – Manhattan. In 2013 he exhibited at the Palazzo Granafei-Norvegna in Brindisi and the Venice Biennale (Overplay)