A Seattle native, Stephen Hansen has been working as a professional artist since 1968. While best known for his work in the unusual medium of paper mache, he also works in wood, bronze, steel, stone and resin among other materials.

Hansen has had one man shows in commercial galleries and art museums in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Naples, Caracas, and Sri Lanka. His work is included in many corporate, government (including the Smithsonian), and private collections in the US, Europe, South America, and Asia. In 2009, his work was added to the permanent fine art collection of The Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, and he received the 2009 New Mexico "Governor's Award for Excellence In The  Arts".

Hansen presently divides his life between New Mexico and Michigan.

He is professionally commited to the notion that art can be serious without being somber.