Steve Locke is an African American artist born in Cleveland, OH, raised in Detroit, MI, and is currently living and working in Boston, where he teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Locke studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2002. Prior to that, he received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2001, and holds Bachelor's degrees from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Locke received the Art Matters grant in 2007 and the Pollock-Krasner award in 2014. In 2008, he was the visiting professor and artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since his first solo exhibition in 1996, Guys with Ties and other Portraits – New Paintings, at the Noonan Gallery in Cambridge, MA, Locke has been the subject of several exhibitions including Some Men at the Patricia Doran Gallery in Boston, MA; Rapture/New Work at Samsøn Projects in Boston, MA; Companions at Mendes Wood in Sao Paolo, Brazil; there is no one left to blame, curated by Helen Molesworth at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; and that last time we touched the water at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY. He has been in several group exhibitions including superSalon at Samsøñ Projects in Boston, MA; White Boys at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College; and Recent Acquisitions at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art NY. He is represented by Samsøñ Projects in Boston, MA.