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Steffen Poltak, Ph.D.

Fascinated with nature from a young age, Steffen Poltak began drawing animals and taking art lessons in elementary school, and has pursued his passion for both biology and art throughout his life. While majoring in Biochemistry in college, Steffen expanded his artistic skill set by studying photography, digital imaging, and scientific art. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire, where he studied microbial ecology and evolution of infectious bacteria, and then was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Afterwards, Steffen taught at the college level and most recently at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he was known for his detailed anatomical drawings on the dry-erase boards. Steffen’s study of biology has consistently informed his art. In his most recent pieces, he has played with evolution and expressionism, using traditional painting and scientific illustration techniques to imagine alternative phenotypic expressions, or differences in patterns and color, for the animals he has studied.  

Please contact me with any questions or inquiries about original paintings or drawings. I will respond as promptly as I can. I always appreciate feedback or questions!