Stephanie Boateng is a 22 year-old 3D portrait painter. She is a recent graduate of University of Delaware studying Organizational and Community Leadership with a minor in Art. Since 18, she has owned her business, Subpar Stephanie, selling prints, originals, and stickers of her. Boateng's portraits are very emotional beings. The smiles on the girls she paints are almost contagious, filling one's soul with joy. She primarily focuses on scenes of happy black women and expressing their beauty through other things she finds represent happiness like glitter, rhinestones, flowers, butterflies, bright colors, etc. Boateng's friends would describe her as one of the "happiest people" they have ever met. Her personality is always bubbly and filled with positivity. However, her work actually comes from periods of sadness and depression in her life. Painting these happy figures helped revive her from the depths of dark thoughts. That is why it is her mission and passion to allow those smiles to impact other's as well. She believes that a contagious smile might just be the slight push that improves the viewer's current emotional state.
The 3D elements in her work are so important because she wants the artwork to truly speak to the viewer and allow them to sort of interact with it in a very personal way. Boateng's paintings are created to be an experience of happiness, love, and beauty. Her artistic style is very raw, unique, and refreshing. Working with different elements like the ones she uses to create her 3D portraits break that third wall between the art and the viewer. You are almost attracted to it by the feeling of its presence. That is a big reason why she prefers when people get to see her art in person. Boateng dreams of owning her own studio and teaching others how to use art to improve their daily lives through art therapy in her future. Giving back to the community has always been another huge priority for her and she believes that art therapy is where she is meant to be placed in the Delaware community.