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. described as “…an old European romantic painter cast adrift in the New World--a conduit tapping into some distant yearning for a lost paradise he tries to consciously or unconsciously manufacture.” His paintings often reflect upon primal questions about origins, the expressive beauty of the human figure, and the aesthetic power of light moving through an imagined atmosphere.
Born in Hanford, California, Steve’s art studies were interrupted by the Vietnam War after just one semester at San Antonio College. While serving in the Air Force, he completed a B.A. and M.A. degree in Social Psychology. 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. He completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in painting from the University of Texas.
The City of San Antonio’s selected DaLuz’s painting, “Dance of Fiesta” for its official Fiesta Poster for 2007. He was selected for acceptance into the 2009 Biennale in Florence, Italy, and his works have been published in art periodicals, such as Fine Art Connoisseur, and Poets and Artists magazine, where he received the cover for the Nov 2009 Issue.
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 others. Widely collected, DaLuz's paintings are represented in private and corporate collections throughout the Unites States and abroad.