steve stratis is an acclaimed artist who has won numerous awards in prestigious art and design competitions. His sculptures are exhibited in several prominent museums and galleries. The abstract nature of his work allows viewers to connect with the piece on a personal level and discover their own emotions, memories, and connections to the color blue. His works are mesmerizing and have won the Best of Show in various exhibitions.
Stratis is the founder, with his wife, of Studio and Alternative Space for Contemporary Art in Armonk, New York. He is also an accomplished composer, whose creative work engages issues of memory, cultural identity, and art as social testimony. His music has been performed internationally and he has worked with leading performers and ensembles including the Crossing choir, PRISM and Stockholm saxophone quartets, Noh actress Ryoko Ayoki, recorder virtuoso Tosiya Suzuki, and conductors Donald Nally and Rudiger Bonn.
He has also taught in the music department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His academic writings have focused on the relationship between historical and contemporary musical styles, and on the interpretive potential of manuscript research. His current line of research focuses on the performance practice and expressive markings of late string quartet manuscripts by Beethoven, building upon the pioneering work of violinist Nicholas Kitchen in this field.
In addition to his work as an artist, Stratis has an active legal practice in bankruptcy and litigation. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and a partner in the firm of Goldberg Weissman, LLP in White Plains, New York. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis. He is a longtime supporter of FDU athletics, and his name is inscribed on the mezzanine suite of the Rothman Center as an inaugural member of the Division I Athletics Hall of Fame.
Stratis was born on December 2nd, 1938 in the village of Papadianika, Greece. The fourth of her family’s four daughters, she sailed alone to Canada in 1958 in search of a better life for herself and her family. She died on March 18th, 2023 at the age of 84 in Toronto, Canada. She is survived by her husband, Stratis, and their two daughters, Vicky and Sophie. In her memory, a scholarship in the arts was established at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Toronto, to encourage young artists from the Greek community to pursue their dreams. This scholarship continues to this day. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. – Edited by Sarah D. Brubaker, Staff Writer. steve stratis