Stephen Byram was born in Oakland, California in 1952. After attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco he came to New York city in 1979. Working his way through a small design firm, Stiff Records and RCA, he became an art director for CBS Records in the early '80s. It was there he met Tim Berne (then just signed to Columbia) and while working on Tim's record package also met Stefan Winter, owner of JMT Records. Byram's cover for Tim's record had been rejected by the label for being "too weird". Upon seeing it, Stefan asked if he could use it for his next release, Byram agreed and so began a 10 year adventure of visual experimentation. During this time Byram was able to combine his art and design sensibilities in ways that, at the time, were not compatible with the commercial record business. Although JMT folded in the mid '90s the subsequent birth of Winter & Winter and Tim Berne's Screwgun labels has given Byram the place to make art that he needs.
Byram's work has been acknowledged by th AIGA, the New York Art Director Club, The Society of Illustrators and the Dimond Music Awards. He has also been mentioned in two articles in The New York Times. His work has been shown in New York at the Spark Gallery and the Parsons School of Design.