Stephen P. Edlich (1944-1989) was born in New York City. He graduated from NYU in 1967, and spent a lot of time traveling in the UK. In England, he met Barbara Hepworth and saw the work of Ben Nicholson, which had a great influence on his art. Edlich worked in Cornwall before going back to the states to attend the New School for Social Research in New York for a sociology masters program.
While he was in England, Edlich also met art dealer Victor Waddington. Waddington put on an exhibition of Edlich’s work in 1969 at his gallery in Montreal. Edlich continued to create sculptures and exhibit in New York. There, he also worked for a serigraph printing firm and as an adjunct instructor at the New York Institute of Technology.
Edlich also began creating paintings and works on paper, and was showing at more and more important galleries, including Marlborough.
His work belongs to several museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Neuberger Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and the Cleveland Museum of Art.