Top photo: Steve DaLuz and his poster design
Bottom photo: Fiesta San Antonio poster close-up
UTSA alumnus Steve DaLuz designs Fiesta poster
By Anne Keever Cannon
Public Relations Manager, Fiesta San Antonio Commission
(March 30, 2007)--The creator of the Fiesta San Antonio 2007 poster, UTSA alumnus Steve DaLuz, says he developed his interest in art shortly after his birth 53 years ago. But he didn't turn to art as a career until more than 40 years later.
"My life's passion is art," said DaLuz. "The one superlative my kindergarten teachers had about me was how well I colored."
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DaLuz studied art at San Antonio College after his 1971 graduation from John Jay High School. But before long, he got sidetracked by the call of Uncle Sam. Steve enlisted in the Air Force for what he thought would be a four-year hitch.
He ended up retiring in 1996 as director of protocol at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after a career of nearly 25 years. To keep his hand in, DaLuz consistently created art on his personal time -- organizational emblems, cartoons for base newspapers and portraits for retiring co-workers.
Upon his return to San Antonio in 1996, he returned to SAC and his art studies. That's where he first expanded his skills with painting and graphic design classes. He has high praise for the school's art program.
"It's a terrific school for learning graphic design and art fundamentals," Steve said. "The instructors at SAC were outstanding. I believe SAC is a good place for aspiring young artists to begin their art education."
In 2002, DaLuz transferred to UTSA and studied under Roxi McCloskey , Connie Lowe and other "excellent art professors," he said.
"I probably learned the most about the technical aspects of painting from Roxi," he said. "She really stood out. I can't thank both these schools enough for what they gave me."
DaLuz received a bachelor of fine arts degree from UTSA in 2003. He now works out of a studio at Broadway and Jones. His works can be seen locally at the AnArte Gallery on Broadway and soon at a gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, N.M.
"I'm doing what I feel I was born to do," he added. "I just love to do what I'm doing. And to make a living at it is truly exciting."
The Fiesta San Antonio Commission is a nonprofit organization that plans, coordinates and preserves Fiesta San Antonio through the support of its participating member organizations.
One of the nation's premiere festivals, Fiesta is a 10-day, citywide, fun-filled, multicultural, family-oriented celebration. With more than 100 events, it's the biggest party and greatest community benefit in Texas.