Charlie Stiven was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and is a graduate in Drawing & Painting from Edinburgh College of Art.
Over the past 25 years his work has been shown widely throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA, and is held in numerous private and public collections. He has received a variety of awards and scholarships from home and abroad, including those from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal, IAAB Basel, and the British council. In 2010 he was elected an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy.
His work, articulated through highly crafted drawings and models, uses architectural and special structure as a means to trigger metaphorical consideration of aspects of the human condition, both intimate and universal.
In 2012 he participated in ’20 Jahr – Drawing’, a major survey of European drawing practice over the past two decades held at Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland, which also included the work of Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgoise, Francesco Clemente and others.
Through Rigassi Bern, his work has also been represented at art fairs in Zurich, Madrid and Seoul. This year he held a solo exhibition at Graficki Kolektiv, Belgrade, of architectural models and related models, and completed an artist residency at the Unesco world heritage site in Studenica, central Serbia.
Charlie Stiven has been a Lecturer in Painting at ECA since 1992. He teaches across all years of the undergraduate Painting programme, and is currently Final Year Painting co-ordinator. As such, he is highly involved in Degree Show planning and realisation.
His own research interests in architectural history and resonance has prompted him to organise and lead numerous student study trips to Berlin over the past decade, which has also resulted in exchange exhibitions between ECA and Universitat der Kunst, Berlin. The latest such Berlin trip is being planned for spring 2014.