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About

Stephen Loya

Born in Pittsburgh, PA

Lives & works in Sterling, VA

 

Steve Loya is a true believer in the power of art and creativity and makes every effort to explore this in his own life. A Bachelor of Science in Art Education major from Edinboro University of PA, Steve's work is motivated by a strong desire to communicate and express visually something beyond words or spoken language, however serious or playful his approach and subject matter may be. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibits, juried and group shows, galleries and small businesses throughout the Northern Virginia region, DC, NV, PA, MD, NY as well as in Japan, Greece,and the UK. His work has also been featured and published in a handful of physical and online artist publications and books during the past decade. You can follow his work at his frequently updated art blogs, Go Flying Turtle, and Splotch Monster Island.

Selected Exhibition Record:

2019

Universal Language (solo show), Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA

Visual Music (solo show), 868 Estate, Hillsboro, VA

Not So Scary Monsters (solo show), Artists & Makers Studios, Silver Spring, MD

2018

2018 Monster Draw Rally participant/exhibitor, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA

Animals Altered, The Galleries at Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD

Love Nature Too (with Kris Loya), North Gate Vineyard, Purcellville, VA

Endangered Kingdom (solo show), ​Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

2017

 2017 Alchemical Vessels exhibition, ​Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

2017 Monster Draw Rally participant/exhibitor, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA

Artimation, ​ShenArts, Winchester, VA

The Winter’s Tale, ​Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA

2016

2016 Alchemical Vessels exhibition, ​Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

Creatures of Imagination (solo show), ​GWU Innovation Hall, Ashburn, VA

2015

2015 Alchemical Vessels exhibition, ​Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

Splotch Monster Island (solo show), ​the Griffin Art Center, Frederick, MD

Love Nature (with Kris Loya), ​North Gate Vineyard

Aviary, ​Washington ArtWorks, Bethesda, MD

Lost & Found, ​Off-Rhode Gallery, Washington, DC

2014

Return of the Splotch Monster (solo show), ​Off-Rhode Gallery, Washington, DC ​Panels in Frames, ​505 North Gallery, Frederick, MD

Wild Ocean, ​Off-Rhode Gallery, Washington, DC

Amazing Marvels, ​Off-Rhode Gallery, Washington, DC

2013

Splotch/Asterisk (with JJ Cromer), ​Off-Rhode Gallery, Washington, DC ​

Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet, ​The Framers Gallery, London, UK

​InstaFrame, ​Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2012

Our Secret Genius, ​Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, PA

For the Absurd, ​Coo Basement, Thessaloniki, Greece

2011

​We Are Monsters, ​Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington, DC ​2011

Moleskine Exhibition, ​ISOT Fair, Tokyo, Japan

​Wish You Were Here, ​The George Orwell, London, UK

Awards and Honors

2017

​Best of Loudoun County, “Best Artist” nominee, ​Loudoun Times Mirror

2014

​Wild Ocean, contributing artist and author, ​Fulcrum Publishing

​Magic Bullet, DC’s Premier Comics newspaper, #8, chosen cover art

The Funk Ark: man is a Monster, album cover art (w/ JJ Cromer), ​Rope-a-Dope Records

​Feed Your Soul artist/educator fellowship residency, ​Maine College of Art

2013

​Comme De Garcons, spring 2013 advertising campaign art (w/ JJ Cromer)

​Pathways Magazine, spring 2013 issue, chosen cover art

2012

​District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, DC, contributing artist and illustrator, ​Fulcrum Publishing

​Stickerbomb Monsters, contributing artist, ​The SRK/Laurence King Publishing 2011 ​Blanket Magazine, issue 25, featured 2011 calendar artist

2010 ​Moleskine “My Moleskine” chosen sleeve design template art