Steven DaLuz is an artist known for figurative works and imagined landscapes, employing a process he devised using metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. His paintings often reflect upon the sublime and the expressive beauty of the human figure.
Born in Hanford, California, 1953, Steve’s 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 the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Biennales in Florence, Italy, and his works have been published in art periodicals, such as American Art Collector, Art in America, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artists, Professional Artist, The Huffington Post and Poets and Artists magazine, where he received the cover for the Nov 2009 Issue. His "Watchers" exhibition in San Antonio sold out on opening night in 2011. He recently had two works selected for publication in the book, Strokes of Genius 3: The Best of Drawing, released in 2011 and Strokes of Genius 6, and 7 released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. His work was also selected for publication in the International Drawing Annual (INDA 10), scheduled for release in Spring, 2016. Additionally, his encaustic work was recently published in the book, Encaustic Art. He was a featured speaker at the Representational Art Conference (TRAC 2014), in Los Angeles, where he spoke on the Sublime in 21st Century representational art. DaLuz was invited by California Lutheran University to exhibit in March 2013 with renowned figurative artists David Jon Kassan, Jeremy Lipking, Tony Pro, Alexey Steele and others. His self-portraits were accepted into the 2011 and 2012 National Self-Portrait Exhibitions at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL. 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 was invited to participate in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition in 2014. He curated the December issue of Poets & Artists magazine, titled, "The Power of Drawing", showcasing 100 drawings from across the globe. He was selected as a finalist for the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize in 2015. 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. DaLuz is an "Art Ambassador" for Canson-Royal Talens, promoting Canson, Arches, and BFK Rives papers, as well as Rembrandt oil paints. Widely collected, DaLuz's drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 21 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 AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and the Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.