Born in New York City in 1917, Stephen Greene studied at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York City and earned a B.F.A. from the State University of Iowa in 1942 and an M.A. in 1945. He also studied at William and Mary College and with the painter Philip Guston.
Greene taught at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute, and the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1950 Greene was in his first two group shows, “American Painting Today” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and “Annual Exhibition: Contemporary American Painting” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His first solo show was in 1952. Greene went on to exhibit widely, including at the National Academy of Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He won numerous awards.
Greene’s work is in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.