Imagined landscapes (spaces) and figurative works
Steven DaLuz is known for figurative works and imagined landscapes, using both encaustic, and a process he devised with metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. Born in Hanford, California, Steve retired from the Air Force after living 14 years abroad. He completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management, before earning a BFA in 2003. Identified as a "contemporary Luminist" in Wikipedia, his work is in private and corporate collections in 34 States and overseas. He has exhibited internationally, and 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 is a frequent guest curator for Poets Artists magazine. A finalist for the prestigious 2015 Hunting Art Prize, DaLuz is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio.
Q & A
Where are you from, originally?
Where do you find inspiration?
I have had a long-standing interest in the sublime, and 19th century Luminism.
I bring to my work the notion of the essence of our being...as beyond the corporeal. Often that manifests as obelisk shapes or "singularities"--more "spiritual" aspects connecting this plane of existence with the "otherworldly".
I also draw on experiences from my life. I worked in an emergency room for 8 1/2 years. I've experienced death and human suffering on many occasions. I have survived cancer and a heart attack.
Why should people check out the Critical Mass exhibition?
To see a broad range of works and styles in one location done by artists whose studios are all at the Millworks.