Kevin Belifuss


Born in 1963, Kevin Beilfuss is an American artist living in the Chicago area with his wife, Janice and son Drew. He attended Illinois State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting in 1985. After working in an ad agency for a year, Kevin attended the American Academy of Art where he concentrated on painting and illustration. After graduating in 1989 he began a free-lance illustration career, which lasted thirteen years.

“I always dreamed of becoming an illustrator,” explains the artist. “But the demands of painting someone else’s ideas finally took its toll. I decided that life is too short and that I had to paint from my heart,” says Beilfuss. “What is important to me is to have a sense of wonder in every painting. That sense of wonder most often comes from painting the human figure. You can obviously see the beauty of God’s creation in a landscape, but for me it is even more profound when I see and experience that beauty in people,” says Beilfuss.

For the artist there is nothing more challenging than to be able to draw and paint the figure in a well-executed format. “There are endless possibilities when painting a person. Even if you were to paint that same model over and over again, you can always explore and find something new and beautiful to express in a painting,” explains the artist from his studio. He hopes to express that same beauty he finds in his models to the viewer, so that they may share the same intimate experience.

Beilfuss’ style may be best described as representational—though expressed through impressionistic brushwork. “I look forward to learning every day,” explains the artist. “I want to incorporate more of an immediacy in my brushwork—more of an impression of what someone or something looks like, rather than a literal translation of that subject.”

Kevin Beilfuss is currently content with the joy he experiences through the painting process. “I am thankful that God allows me to be able to continue to do something that I have loved since childhood and I hope to enjoy this privilege throughout the rest of my life.”