Stephen Beal is an American artist recognized for his colorful grid paintings. In addition to his artistic career, Beal is an educator and currently serves as the president of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, California.
Beal attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and earned his M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Prior to his appointment as the president, Beal served as provost of the California College of Arts and Crafts.
Beal addresses the qualities of paint and different methods of paint application. He has been incorporating collage elements and objects into his work, but his recent paintings have built upon his interest in materiality.