Steven DaLuz, American painter, 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 DaLuz’s 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. Steve’s diverse influences are Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent and contemporary artists Odd Nerdrum, Dan McCaw and Antoni Tapies.