Steven DaLuz




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. Some have described him 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 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
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 (Summa cum Laude) 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 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. 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 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. Widely collected, Steve’s drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 18 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. DaLuz is listed in the Art in America Annual and the American Artist Bluebook. His work is represented by the AnArte Gallery, in San Antonio, Texas; Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston, Texas; and Monarch Gallery in La Jolla, California.






I am compelled to do work that conjures up a sense mystery and ethereal light, whether figurative or abstract. My interests are evenly split between the two. While identified more with abstract works that are often landscape-referential, 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. Landscape, spirituality, and the figure all serve as inspiration for me. Collectively, my work often reflects upon primal questions about origins, the expressive beauty of the human figure, and the aesthetic power of light moving through an imagined atmosphere. My embryonic term for this genre is “Neo-Luminism”.

Like the "Luminist" style of the mid-19th century, "Neo-Luminist" art concerns itself with the glowing effects of light. It differs, in that "Neo-Luminism" does not concern itself with traditional landscape, does not rely on the masking of brushwork, nor is it overly concerned with detail. While it may share a feeling of tranquility, calm, and the sense of light piercing a soft, hazy "sky", Neo-Luminist" works may also be dramatic and "stormy". "Neo-Luminism" is typically present in works that REFER to landscape (rather than literal landscape). It normally has aspects of ethereal light, and hazy atmospheric qualities. It may also be present in figurative works, so long as reflective properties of underlying surfaces are used to enhance the effect of light.My intention is not literal narrative. Instead, I strive for a kind of unspoken connection between the work and the viewer.





















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