Stephen Costanza studied music theory and composition at Syracuse University before attending the Philadelphia College of Art to pursue a career in the visual arts. He worked as both a graphic designer and illustrator in a career that has encompassed silk screening, graphic design, and book illustration. Stephen’s background in music led him to write and illustrate the picture books Mozart Makes a Melody, and Vivaldi and The Invisible Orchestra, both from Henry Holt & Co. Stephen’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising, and textbooks, from The American Prospect and Cricket to brochures for the Boston Ballet, Four Seasons Hotel, and Boston Lyric Opera. Five of his paintings were exhibited at the 2000 Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. He lives in Belfast, Maine.
2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year - Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra
Praise for Smudge and the Book of Mistakes, written by Gloria Whelan with illustrations by Stephen Costanza
"Costanza's well-researched paintings are the book's strongest feature, with appealing characters, evocative settings, and handsome borders and decorated letters."
" Costanza paints full-page interiors in deep hues of red, green, and purple that convey both the darkness of the monastery and illumination within its inhabitants."
-Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
Praise forVivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra, written and illustrated by Stephen Costanza
"...a pleasing interpretation of the creative process and the power of art to connect individuals."
Praise for Stephen Costanza's author-illustrated picture book debut, Mozart Finds a Melody
"Costanza is an illustrator to watch. Blending the burnished palette and twirling energy of Raul Colon, the softness of Leonid Gore, and a sense of fun that trills to a melody all its own, his paintings offer an ingenious view of eighteenth-century Vienna."