Stephen Powers was born and raised in Philadelphia, then moved to New York in 1994. After stints as publisher of On The Go magazine, author of the book The Art of Getting Over (1999), and full-time graffiti writer as "ESPO", Powers began his studio practice in 1998. He has since shown his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Deitch Projects, New York, the 2001 Venice Biennale, Alleged Annex, Los Angeles, the 2002 Liverpool Biennial, and The City Arts Centre in Dublin. In 2002, Powers was commissioned to create artwork for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Teen Health Center. His body of work reflects a fascination with graffiti, sign painting, urban marketing, and con games of all shapes and sizes. In 2004, Powers and Creative Time organized The Dreamland Artist Club, a project that revitalized a New York landmark by painting signs and rides in Coney Island.