Stephanie Pitoy is a Hawaii native, living and working in New York City as a contemporary artist. Pitoy attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she studied under several influencing artists while earning her BA degree in Art and Communication. In 2012, she relocated to New York City with her daughter and started a new life. She readily admits that her culture and background will always have a presence in her work, but her artistic journey is always evolving with her life experiences.
In her collage-based works, Pitoy strives to think outside the box. She incorporates spatial depth and creates visual tension into each piece by layering and combining multiple media sources. Her goal is for her pieces to translate the layered complexities of the human experience into a visually compelling narrative that speaks to a universal audience. After experiencing great personal loss and grief, Pitoy turned to art as a means of healing. She describes her higher calling in life as one to help others with their own grief through her work. In her words, “Art has an indescribable way to heal sadness and release negativity. Once released, the Soul feels much lighter and the feeling of Joy is restored.”