Lucas Stoffel is an award-winning painter recognized by GLAAD as one of the top LGBTQ+ artists in NYC. He was featured by amFar at a benefit event for AIDS research. Stoffel’s artistic contributions earned him the Starving Artist Award, and he was showcased at AM New York’s Premiere Art Rocks event. His success extended to being featured on the cover of Next Magazine, expanding his reach and attracting a new following. Notably, Stoffel caught the attention of Ralph Lauren's daughter, who commissioned him to create a confection-inspired collection for her UES side candy shop, Dylan's Candy Bar.
Stoffel's captivating artwork has graced the halls of esteemed venues across New York City, including the Puck Building, The Art Directors Club, The Prince George Gallery, GalleryBar, and New World Stages, among others, further cementing his position as a revered artist in the city's vibrant art scene.
The ways in which this world has created beauty through devotion to the unknown is what inspires me the most. I am fascinated by society's interpretations of God, and how we infuse dance, song, and devotion with such profound meaning, even for something or someone intangible. My goal is to convey these ideas through visual art. Not only do I strive to interpret the cultural significance of various religions and traditions, but I also aim to challenge viewers to question the very essence of "who or what is God?"
What inspires you?
What themes do you pursue?
What is the underlying message to your work?
Translating the complexities of multiple religions through the language of pop art presents its own set of challenges. My aim is to promote an inclusive understanding of diverse belief systems by exploring Taoism, Hinduism, and Confucianism. I strive to create practical and relatable representations of alternate gods that resonate with an American audience. Through my artwork, I invite viewers to reconsider their perspectives on spirituality, fostering inclusivity and breaking down barriers between different belief systems. Ultimately, my goal is to bring forth the beauty of eastern religions and nurture a deeper understanding among western audiences. Helping everyone to see that although we may worship a pantheon of gods, our core beliefs are really not so different.
“The ways in which this world has created beauty through devotion to the unknown is what inspires me the most.”
How would you describe your work?
My artwork is a vibrant and colorful reflection of contemporary aesthetics, embracing the essence of pop art with a touch of simplicity akin to Andy Warhol's style. I create large scale visually captivating pieces that command attention through a series of bold colors, dynamic compositions, and clean lines. Because I was trained as a photographer and designer, my work has a very graphic impact, it invites viewers to engage with its striking visual appeal while conveying an accessible modern sensibility.
What is your creative process like?
Everything in my collection is deeply rooted in my photography, which has garnered recognition in esteemed publications like The New York Times and The Huffington Post. My artistic process begins with my photographs, which serve as the foundation for each piece. Through digital manipulation and reinterpretation, I transform the original image before bringing it to life on canvas with acrylic paints. With a keen focus on color theory and a penchant for working on large-scale canvases, I aim to evoke curiosity and invite viewers to explore the intricate details within each composition.
What is an artist’s role in society and how do you see that evolving?
In my perspective, my role in society is to inspire and foster beauty and unity within the world. It is about exploring our differences while embracing the shared values that bind us together. I am not concerned with whether a person believes in Christ or Buddha; what truly matters to me is whether they believe in compassion. If my artwork can bridge the gaps created by cultural and religious divides and enlighten audiences about the profound beauty that surrounds us, then I believe I have fulfilled my purpose. My aim is to interpret the world through my artistic lens and hope that others can recognize the similarities that connect us all, ultimately promoting understanding and harmony.
I was the recipient of the Starving Artist Award, and the featured artist for the amFar Rocks Benefit for AIDS research which was displayed at the Puck Building. My work was highlighted at AM New York’s Premiere Art Rocks event, and I was featured on the cover of Next Magazine, which brought me many new followers, including Dylan’s Candy Bar, who commissioned me to work on a confection-inspired collection. My work has been shown at the Art Directors Club, The Prince George Gallery, GalleryBar, and New World Stages, among other venues in New York City.