Stephen Reis was born in Los Angeles, California in 1974 and raised
in nearby Santa Barbara. The Artist within emerged around age three,
and as a young child he would spend countless hours drawing the worlds
conjured up in his imagination.
Regular family outings to the movies, along with a healthy addiction
to late-night monster and horror films, instilled the love of cinema in
Stephen, and in 1992 he enrolled in the film program at Loyola Marymont
University. He would graduate four years later with a Bachelor's of
Arts degree, but not before a life-changing experience. In 1994, he
studied drawing and photography at Studio Arts Center International in
Florence, Italy. Being immersed in Italian culture and surrounded by
some of the finest art to be created by man proved to be a defining
time for both the artist and the young man.
Upon graduating from college, Stephen had turned his attention to
animation, which in many ways combined his loves of drawing and cinema.
In late 1996, he joined the animation crew for Fox's long-standing hit
series "The Simpsons". The work environment on the show provided him
with a second education as well as a paycheck, as he learned more about
drawing and storytelling than ever before.
Six years later, Stephen is now an Assistant Director on "The
Simpsons". He has also returned to Loyola Marymont as an instructor,
teaching animation and film for the last four years. His work for The
Disney Program with Collector's Editions bears many cinematic
influences, a style born from the silver screen and poured onto canvas.