Steve Stankiewicz was born in Bostoniand grew up in Chicago. He received a BA degree in sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1979, and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1982. He worked at Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop in New York from 1982 until 1989, then at his own studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn until moving to Easthampton, Massachusetts in 2010.
Since 1992, he has focused on making artists' books of twenty to thirty etchings based on a single theme. The books are in selected collections including The Mississippi Museum of Fine Arts, The New York Public Library, and the Mortimer Rare Book Room, in Northampton, MASS.
He is also the winner of the 2002 Faux Faulkner Literary Prize.