Texas native, Steve Uriegas, was born in the coastal city of Corpus Christi. It was noticed that he was naturally artistic at a very early age. He began as a self-taught pencil artist and spent most of his childhood drawing, taking influence from comic books, album cover art and the colorful decor of his Hispanic heritage. He elected art classes during grade school but did not pursue college and never had formal art training. He was an aspiring musician playing drums in marching band during junior high school and in several rock and roll bands from his teens into early adulthood in Dallas, Texas. He then realigned his natural born talent in the ever-growing computer era and worked in the graphic design industry for over 20 years. He worked as a graphic artist servicing a variety of trades, primarily helping to pioneer a unique form of geological illustrations in the oil and gas industry. Later, returning to his roots, he began to experiment with paints. His subject matter was inspired by conceptual interpretation, human observation and popular culture. Whether it was impressionistic, abstract, modern, or a mixture, his techniques varied using different approaches that seemed to greatly contrast and even contradict each other at times. Steve worked in a variety of mediums and styles, but has recently focused his direct attention to his paintings done in a unique style he coins Angular Expressionism. Preferring the use of palette knives as opposed to brushes to achieve this, he harnessed this technique of work that has been described, by appreciators of art, as modern day cubism. With the use of straight edges and a flamboyant sense of style he’s proven to be a stand out in the Dallas art community showing his work in various group exhibitions and solo shows.
November 20, 2018