Born 1953, Hanford, California, United States.
Lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Steven DaLuz is a versatile artist with an eclectic sensibility… His interests are split between abstraction and figurative art. He is best known for figurative works that straddle impressionism and realism. He may be equally identified with abstract works that are landscape referential-employing metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. DaLuz was born in Hanford, California, the son of an Air Force officer. From an early age, he was exposed to art in galleries and in publications, which fed his interest in drawing. DaLuz attended 13 schools in 7 states and 3 foreign countries by the time he graduated from high school. Throughout, he was inspired by art teachers, and by his own father, who painted recreationally. The cultures to which he was exposed spawned his varied artistic interests. After just one semester at San Antonio College, the Vietnam War interrupted his art studies and led to a long stint with the United States Air Force. While serving, Steve completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, an MA degree in Management, and raised three children with his wife, Donna. Throughout, he remained devoted to making art in his personal time. He produced many charcoal and graphite portraits, produced cartoons for the Base newspaper, designed organizational emblems, and developed a keen interest in figurative work. After living 13 years in other countries; Germany, Greece, Japan, Okinawa, and Korea, Steve retired from the Air Force, and engaged his lifelong passion for art by resuming his studies at San Antonio College. He completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Summa cum Laude) in 2003, with a concentration in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. There, he developed an interest in abstract work, with an orientation on the processes used to create such works. Still, DaLuz remained endlessly fascinated by the human figure—so he has chosen to create two separate and distinct bodies of work. The City of San Antonio selected DaLuzs painting, Dance of Fiesta for its official Fiesta poster for 2007. His drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 17 States and several foreign countries. Steves diverse influences are Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent, and contemporary artists Odd Nerdrum, Dan McCaw, and Antoni Tapies. SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2006 Narratives & Suggestions, AnArte Gallery, San Antonio, Texas Blue Star 21, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas. Curated by: Bill Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas Imaginary Places, (SOLO Exhibition); Monticello Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas Arts & Eats, Tobin Estate, San Antonio, Texas Attraction of Abstraction, Art SA Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, Curated by Darryl Mix 76th Annual Artists Exhibition, San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, Texas Juried by: Maurice L. Gray, Professor Emeritus, California State, Fullerton 5 x 7, ArtHouse, Austin, Texas Small Works for a Big Cause, Finesilver Gallery, (Say Si Benefit); San Antonio, Texas 3 Voices, 1100 Art Space, San Antonio, Texas Seventy-Two (Preview), Studio 3, San Antonio, Texas 2005 San Antonio Painting 2005, Part II, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio Texas. Curated by Bill Fitzgibbons. Milestones, Art SA Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, Curated by Darryl Mix San Antonio Art League Museum, Contemporary Art Month Exhibition RAC Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 5 x 7, ArtHouse, Austin, Texas REAL-TIME, Global (Juried) On-line Art Annual of Contemporary Artists 2004 74th Annual Artists Exhibition, San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, Texas. Juried by Camille Przewodek. Los San Antonians, Bismarck Gallery, San Antonio, Texas Two-person show, Kellum & Markey ArtSpace, San Antonio, Texas Healing Today for Tomorrow, 1906 Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 2003 Regional Artists Consortium, Spring Exhibition, SanAntonio International Airport, San Antonio, Texas. Juried by Linda Hammond. Surfaces, UTSA Fall Exhibition. Gallery 357, San Antonio, Texas. Juried by Thomas Willome 2002 Next, UTSA Fall Exhibition, Bismarck Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. Juried by Regis Shepherd 2001 Spring Exhibition, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas. AWARDS and HONORS Painting selected for City of San Antonios official Fiesta Poster for 2007. Honorable Mention (International Diploma of Excellence). Artoteque Global Art Annual, 2006. Contributors Award, 76th Annual Artists Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, 2006 Best in Show. Regional Artists Consortium, Spring Exhibition, SanAntonio International Airport, San Antonio, Texas. Juried by Linda Hammond, 2003. Internship. Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, 2003 Internship. S & C Advertising, San Antonio, Texas, 2001 Fainter Scholarship Award Recipient, for Fine Art, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas, 2000 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Member, Arthouse, Austin Texas, 2003 - Present Panelist, Visual Arts Panel, San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Apr 2004 Member, San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, Texas, 2004-present Member, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, 2003 present Member, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2004- present Member, Western States Arts Federation, 2004 present Oil Painters of America, 2006 - present CORPORATE COLLECTIONS Citigroup Headquarters, Houston, TX Strasburger Attorneys at Law, San Antonio, TX Whitestone Financial Group, San Antonio, TX Schell, Mitchell, & Cooley, LLP, Dallas, TX Law Offices of Sean ONeill, San Antonio, TX Hermann Memorial Ambulatory Center, Houston, TX Hermann Memorial Southwest Heart & Vascular Institute, Houston, TX PRIVATE COLLECTIONS/COMMISSIONS Works in private collections in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC . SELECTED PUBLICATIONS The American Artists Bluebook, www.askart.com Living Artists, 15th Edition, 2007 Fort Worth Weekly, Imaginary Landscapes, Oct 25, 2006 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, , The List!, Gaile Robinson, Sept 29, 2006 San Antonio Woman, Jul/Aug 2006, P. B-31 San Antonio Express-News, (Culturas), Pick Six, Dan Goddard, July 16, 2006 Texas Monthly, The Filter: Selected Events, July 2006 La Prensa, Blossoming Artists Flaunt their Milestones, Nov, 2005 UTSA Today, Commencement Close-Up: Energetic Vision, Life Experience Guide Art Student, Dec 13, 2003 GALLERIES REPRESENTING AnArte Gallery 5800 Broadway, Suite 202 San Antonio, Texas 78209 (210) 826-5674 Monticello Fine Arts Gallery www.monticellofineartsgallery.com EDUCATION BFA, Painting (Summa Cum Laude). University of Texas at San Antonio, 2003 AAS, Graphic Design, San Antonio College, 2001 MA, Management, Central Michigan University, 1981 BA, Social Psychology, Park University, 1979