Steven Penner was born in Altona, Manitoba in 1953 and grew up in rural southern Manitoba. He graduated from Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1976 with a diploma in Graphic Design. In 1976 he worked briefly at the University of Manitoba, then worked as a freelance designer in Winnipeg. From 1977 to 2008 Steve was the senior graphic designer at Friesens Corporation in Altona, Manitoba. During his time with Friesens Corporation he maintained a strong interest in his own fine art and in 2008 he pulled away from the corporate world to focus on painting. In 2007-08 he was part of a committee struck to initiate the planning and execution of Gallery in the Park, Altona. The gallery and sculpture garden is one of the art gems of Manitoba and rivals art galleries in many urban centres. He has participated in solo and group art exhibitions since 1983. His work is held in private collections in Canada and the United States, corporate collections in Canada, and the Government of Manitoba. He and his wife Anna currently live in Altona, Manitoba.
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