Rifle, CO, United States
About Steve Gamba
I was born and grew up in a small town in the mountains of Colorado. During that time, my brother had a large collection of paperback novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Most of the cover illustrations of those books were done by Frank Frazetta. I would stare at these remarkable images for hours; The way he captured the human form and his magnificent creatures, his use of color, his complete mastery of light and shadow, the painterly aspects of his work that enhanced the image to another level. These images would transport me to another place and time. From then on, I was hooked! I started to seek out more artists. At first, fantasy artists like Boris Vallejo, but found the more painterly aspect of Frazetta's work appealed to me so much more than the realistic qualities of Vallejo's work. This led me to the impressionists; Monet, Degas, Renoir and the post-impressionists and expressionists: Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Munch. I was intrigued by images that evoked strong emotion like Goya's painting "Third of May" and his painting known as "Saturn Devouring His Son." Artists that twisted reality like Salvador DalÃ and M.C. Escher appealed to me, as well as, the graphic simplistic elegance of Alphonse Mucha and Patrick Nagel. The brilliant color palette and energy of LeRoy Neiman. All of these artists and more fed a raging fire in my belly that could not be quenched. My painting style is best described as expressionism - Bold color palettes and expressive brush strokes, with underlying graphic elements deconstructing the subject into organic shapes. I have a fascination with light and shadow and prefer to paint with a pure color spectrum.
Associates Degree in Advertising Design, Colorado Institute of Art - 1987