Steven DaLuz

Photo Credit: Wliot Van Otteren

Steven DaLuz is known for figurative works and imagined landscapes, largely using a process he devised with metal leaf, oil, and mixed mediums, as well as encaustic.    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 in Management, before earning a BFA in 2003.   His drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 34 states and overseas.   He was a featured speaker at The Representational Art Conference, 2014, and his work was in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition that same year.  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, the International Drawing Annual, and The Artists.  He has curated entire issues for Poets & Artists magazine, featuring outstanding works from across the globe.  DaLuz was a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Hunting Art Prize, and Best of Show winner in the Sept, 2018 Bold Brush painting competition.   Nine of his works were selected to be digitally archived on The Moon. Galleries representing Steve’s work: AnArte Gallery, San Antonio, Texas.

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Artist Statement of Work

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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. Sharing a similar sensibility with 19th century luminism, 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 raw image alone need not explain anything and can be enough to ignite the imagination of the viewer.


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