Evolution of the Artist: A Constant Innovator

Steve Holzer began his art career in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where, still in high school, he received awards and was juried into adult shows. His early endeavors include creating rock’n’roll posters for the Grande Ballroom in Detroit (1968) and establishing himself as a ceramist and fine art sculptor during the early years of the American Craft Revival (1973-1978).


Relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico his expression moved into contemporary painting, blending ceramic glaze materials into his paint formulas, and working with constructed sculptures and wall pieces. During the mid-80s, Holzer began integrating scientific information into his imagery (wave frequencies from deep space collected by VLA - Very Large Array antennae) and exploring a wide range of materials and techniques to incorporate into his painting and printmaking.


In the late 1980’s, experimenting with early scientific computer systems, he introduced cutting edge technology in the creation of imagery for printmaking. By the early ‘90s, he had established a working vocabulary of patterns derived from cell growth and conceptual mathematics and developed a  monotype technique for chemically transferring computer-generated images to archival paper. Utilizing recently introduced technology, Holzer’s contemporary art expression expanded into large format IRIS prints. During this phase (1995-1997), he also developed rendering techniques in the field of computer animation. Creating special effects for feature films (“Species,” “Independence Day,” “Space Jam”), ESPN College Football broadcasts, and television advertising.

By 1997-2004, Holzer was developing  techniques involving silkscreen and computer assisted metal cutting (for sculptures and printmaking templates), eventually translating computer generated information into small- and large-scale paintings.


2006 brought him to Marfa, Texas, where he has continued his experimentation with methods and materials. Exploring color as subject, Holzer has recently created a series of works where pigment interacts with ambient light on constructed elemental shapes.






University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida: Ceramics

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan: Graphics

Northern Michigan Community College, Traverse City, Michigan:
Ceramics & Printmaking; Resident Artist Studio Assistant


Selected shows:

Plant Gallery, Traverse City, Michigan: 1976
Paintings, acrylic lacquer.
Innovative sculpture in clay, functional pottery.

Miami Invitational, Miami, Florida: 1976
Innovative sculpture in clay.

“Invitational Xerox Show,” Gallery 51, New York, New York: 1980

      Keith Harring, curator
Printmaking, integrating new technologies

 Navasya Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico: 1981
Paintings, monotype prints (VLA series)

"New Discovery Show," Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico: 1983
Featured Artist. Monotype prints; Paintings, constructed, mixed media.

James Reid Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico: 1984-97
Paintings: constructed, large scale, architectural paint.
Prints: Lithographs, Monotypes, Silkscreen.

Eva Cohen Gallery, Chicago, Illinois: 1989
Paintings: constructed, large scale, architectural paint.
Prints: Lithographs, Monotypes, Silkscreen.

Cooper Cary Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia: 1989
Installation for inauguration of new Architecture Design firm building
Paintings: constructed, large scale, architectural paint.
Prints: Lithographs, Monotypes, Silkscreen.

“Computer Art Invitational Show,” Hand Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico: 1992
Monotype prints.

“International Symposium For Electronic Art Show,” Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1993-94
 Monotype prints.

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1995
group show.
Iris prints (up to 30 x 40), computer technology imagery.

R.B. Ravens Gallery, Taos, New Mexico: 1995
Individual show.
Iris prints (up to 30 x 40), computer technology imagery.

“Digital Salon Show,” School of Visual Arts, New York, New York: 1997
 Iris prints (up to 30 x 40), computer technology imagery.
Works published by MIT for show catalog,

“International Symposium For Electronic Art,” Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain: 1997
 Iris print (30 x 40), computer technology imagery.

R.B.Ravens Gallery, Taos, New Mexico: 2004-2007
 Paintings. Prints: Silkscreen, etchings, monotypes.   

Kestrel Studio Gallery, Marfa, Texas: 2007
Paintings. Prints: Silkscreen, etchings, monotypes.   

Tillie Arts of Marfa, Marfa, Texas: 2008

      Elemental, paintings



Focus Santa Fe, 1988
Article about Steve Holzer constructed paintings.

Computer Artist Magazine, 1994
Article about Steve Holzer, algorithms in fine art prints.

Show What's Possible  Silicon Graphics Web Page, 1997
Showcase page of animation techniques developed by Steve Holzer.

Leonardo  published by MIT, 1997
Catalog of International Society of Electronic Artists.




The work of Steve Holzer is represented in the corporate, public and private collections of:


Ray and Tracy Trotter

James and Caroline Reid

Katie Peters

Dr. Peter and Mary Ann Schultz

John and Jan Kapustinsky

Cooper Cary Architectural

Detroit Institute of the Arts

Heraeus Amersil