Title: “Odyssey (After Bierstadt)”
Medium: Oil, Metal Leaf on Panel
Size: 48″ x 48″
Copyright 2010 by Steven DaLuz, All Rights Reserved
Steven DaLuz is a versatile artist who is compelled to do work that conjures up a sense of mystery and ethereal light, whether figurative or abstract. His interests are evenly split between the two. While identified with abstract works that are often landscape-referential—employing a process he devised using metal leaf, oil, and mixed media, he is also known for figurative works that are poetic and introspective. He used the term, “Neo-Luminsim” in 2009 to classify his work using this process. His paintings often reflect upon primal questions about origins, the expressive beauty of the human figure, and the sublime.
Steve was born in Hanford, California. His art studies were interrupted by a decision to serve as a medic during the Vietnam War era after just one semester at San Antonio College. While serving in the Air Force, he completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management. Throughout, he remained devoted to making art in his free time. After living 13 years in other countries, Steve retired from the Air Force, and re-engaged his lifelong passion for art by resuming his studies at San Antonio College, where he completed an AAS in Graphic Design. He completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2003, with a concentration in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. The City of San Antonio’s Fiesta Commission selected DaLuz’s painting, “Dance of Fiesta” for its official Fiesta Poster for 2007. He was selected for acceptance into both the 2009 and 2011 Biennales in Florence, Italy, and his works have been published in art periodicals, such as Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artists, Art Calendar, and Poets and Artists magazine, where he received the cover for the Nov 2009 Issue. He recently had two works selected for publication in the book, Strokes of Genius 3: The Best of Drawing, to be released in 2011. Naming his “72” exhibition one of San Antonio’s Best exhibits for 2008, Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express-News Art Critic, called the artwork, “…perhaps the city’s most creative response yet to 9-11.” He donates artwork and portions of proceeds from sales of his work to benefit many charitable causes. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Skopje, Macedonia, Artists Space, New York, NY, and many other commercial and university galleries. Widely collected, DaLuz’s drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 18 States and several foreign countries. Some of the corporate collectors of his work include: Citicorp Headquarters, Houston, Texas; Methodist Hospital-Stone Oak, San Antonio; Schell, Mitchell & Cooley, LLP, Dallas; Hermann Memorial Ambulatory Center, Houston; Hermann Memorial Southwest Vascular Institute, Houston; Orthopedic Specialists of Texas, Sugar Land, TX; and many others.
His work is represented by Mill Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston, Texas, and Monarch Gallery in La Jolla, California.