After thirty five years of international surfing, Steven Valiere doesn’t just know his subject matter-he’s lived it every day of his life. A self-schooled artist with very little formal training, Steven works in acrylics to create bold, multi-layered surfscapes celebrating the joy of carving fades, gouging bottom turns, deep tube rides and sweeping aerials, done with the grace of a Balinese dancer. In Valiere’s mythical paradise of no contest, surf camps, or wet suits, aborigines surf in a dream world-The Art of Surfing.
About the Artist
As a teenager in southern California during the sixties, surfing was the driving force, rock ‘n roll the heartbeat and art the soul that shaped Steven Valiere’s world.
The North Shore of Oahu and Maui in the fall and winter of 1970 opened his mind and eyes. The new places and faces stimulated a curiosity to expand his horizon. In early 1972 he boarded a plane to Peru, promising to return to college in a year but Stevens education was taking a different path. Valiere’s odyssey took him to some of the worlds most remote spots in an extraordinary adventure the most surfers only dream of. From Peru to Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, and uncharted villages of Papua New Guinea, Steven surfed virgin tubes of no name and no end.
Valiere has resided in the Hawaiian islands since 1978 and the memory of awe inspiring waves and aboriginal cultures he lived side by side with, would never leave him. Steven continues his passions for surf, travel, and painting, living on Kauai’s north shore.
“Being within and a part of the energy of a swell formed from a huge storm somewhere and climaxing in perfection along a reef or shore…it’s what surfing is all about. Sharing that energy has always touched on the mystical for me and I want to share that with others through my art. Today I’m inspired by my children’s surfing and their generation, the cultures and arts of peoples throughout the world, four decades in the ocean.” - Steven Valiere