By Steven DaLuz
Steven DaLuz is known for figurative works and imagined landscapes, employing a process he devised using metal leaf, oil, and mixed media.
Born in Hanford, California, Steve retired from the Air Force after living 13 years abroad. He completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management, before earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2003.
His drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 26 States and overseas. He was a featured speaker at The Representational Art Conference, 2014, and was invited to participate in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition in 2014. He has exhibited internationally, and his work has been published in art books, and magazines, such as Art in America, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Huffington Post, Encaustic Art, Professional Artist and The Artists. The publisher of Poets and Artists magazine, invited him to curate an entire issue, called, “The Power of Drawing”, released in December, 2014, which featured 100 drawings by 50 artists from across the globe.
DaLuz was a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Hunting Art Prize. He is an “Art Ambassador” for Canson, Inc. and Royal Talens, promoting Canson, BFK Rives, and Arches papers, as well as Rembrandt oil colors. He is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston, and Dallas, Texas.
“I am compelled to do work that conjures up a sense of mystery and ethereal light. While identified with works that are often referred to as “imagined landscapes”, employing a process using metal leaf, chemically-induced patinas, oil, and other mixed media, I also consider the figure as endlessly relevant, with inherent potential for poetic introspection. I am most concerned with the sublime, the expressive beauty of the human figure, and the aesthetic power of light moving through an imagined atmosphere.
My intention is not literal narrative. Instead, I strive to evoke a feeling within the viewer. My artwork need not answer any questions, present a political position, nor expound upon a narrative. For me, the pure “beauty” or personal aesthetic need not explain anything. The raw image alone can be enough to ignite the imagination of the viewer.”