Nathan DiStefano Original Paintings Capture Brief Periods in Time

Nathan DiStefano is a representational painter, but not a painter of appearances. His paintings are representational pictures of emotional situations. Most of DiStefano's works are abstract environments. Distefano's recent works also incorporates figures and still lives, and this work focuses on the emotions created by the interaction between the subjects and their environments.

The experience of nature as process rather than picture depends on shifting the focus from landscape to environment. Landscape is a view of natural scenery or land, and it is a relatively detached viewpoint. The environment becomes a  relationship between the subject and its surrounding external factors.  DiSefano's paintings demonstrate the tension between the desire to look without seeing and the desire for an unguarded interaction with our environment.  This tension makes the viewer want to look deeper into the image.

DiStefano’s paintings capture a brief period of time from a few minutes to a few seconds within a single image, an abstract painter’s take on time-lapsed photography. The ability to witness the passage of time in a single image intensifies the conflict between the viewer’s two roles of detached observer and emotional participant in the scene. 

Sought After By Bucks County Public Businesses

Nathan received an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives and works in Bucks County and Lambertville. His paintings have been featured in magazines and exhibited in galleries in Bucks County, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City. Nathan has paintings hanging in the Doylestown YMCA, Doylestown McDonalds, Doylestown Hospital’s Health and Wellness Center in Warrington, PA, the Children‘s Museum in New Hope, Philadelphia Management, Univest Bank, and soon will have a painting in the Doylestown Courthouse. DiStefano's work is in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

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‘Everything Vibrates’ pop-up show features works by Nathan DiStefano

Recent Exhibition



                                                                                FIRST FRIDAYS: EVERYTHING VIBRATES

Pop-Up Show Featuring Local Artist

“Everything Vibrates” is a pop-up gallery show featuring artwork by Lambertville, New Jersey artist Nathan DiStefano. The exhibit will take place on April 5th, 2013 at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 5pm to 8pm.


DiStefano is heavily influenced by the things we cannot see, capturing moments in time in his paintings. Bold brush strokes of color help us feel the energy in a space, like the gush of wind as a person walks past, or the feeling of rain on a crowded city street. Empty spaces in the paintings create a place for the viewer to stand and interpret the feelings for themselves. DiStefano’s paintings are quite large, 6 feet or taller, which adds to the feelings of being inside the environment.

A feeling of vibratory energy informs each of DiStefano's works. Seemingly static objects such as buildings or lampposts are in motion, as alive as the busy people rushing by. The world is seen as inherently vital, a view which is both DiStefano's aesthetic vision as well as supported by cutting-edge physics.

Most of DiStefano's works focus on cityscapes of New York and Philadelphia, but over time he has branched out to painting figures and landscapes.  Blending representational and abstract styles, the paintings are meant not only to be viewed, but felt on a deep emotional level.

DiStefano received an MFA in paintings from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Originally from Doylestown, PA, today he resides in Lambertville, NJ. He has been featured in magazines and exhibited in galleries in Bucks County, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City. He has paintings that hang in the Doylestown Hospital, the Children’s Museum in New Hope, Philadelphia Management, and in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

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Recent Commissions

2012 The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

October 3, 2012


Three paintings by Nathan DiStefano are on display at the University of the Arts exhibition titled   "Making It"   Oct 2nd- 29th

DiStefano Painting Selected For Bucks County Courthouse

August 5, 2012