Darius Steward, Contemporary Artist

(b. 1984) is known for his figurative works on paper and for his public outreach through murals. 

About Me

Currently Showing

  • INK Miami, part of Miami Art Week. Dec 3-9, 2018. Miami Beach, Florida.
  • CONTINUUM: Art of the Cleveland School and Beyond. Nov 21, 2018 - March 3, 2019. Canton, Ohio.

Watercolor for the Podcast, Serial. Contemporary American Artist

My Background

Steward, a native of East Cleveland, OH literally outlived the neighborhood he grew up in. He isn’t one for nostalgia, but rather the power of the present. As a young child (5, 6, and 7) he began honing his craft and artistic career, drawing the popular TV Series’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mortal Kombat. When the world changed on 9/11, so did it for Steward. 

FRONT Triennial. Watercolor on Yupo. Contemporary American Artist


I primarily use watercolor on yupo to achieve stark whiteness against my saturated subjects. I also often use my subject matter metaphorically to address what is going on culturally.  Each and every person I paint is a stand in for myself or for the community. I use watercolor portraiture to bring a voice to social injustices which are going on in the world.