About Steven Kozar


Who is this artist, anyway?

Steven Kozar has been painting as a full-time professional artist since 1986 (right after he dropped out of art school). He primarily paints using watercolor, although he also uses oil or acrylic on occasion. There are no "tricks" to his paintings-they are all painted using a paintbrush (with very rare use of an airbrush). His paintings are based on actual places that he has visited and photographed; he then uses these photographs as a reference back in his studio.

Steven's paintings have been sold in prestigious art galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee, Washington D.C., New York and, most recently, in London at the Plus One Gallery.
Here's a video about Steven from Wisconsin Public Television: pbs.org

Here's a brief biography:


1964 Born and raised in Lake Zurich, IL. Moved to Wisconsin in 1986 to begin full-time painting.


1983-85 Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1985-86 American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL

Select Exhibitions & Awards

1986 “Aqueous ‘86” Invitational Exhibition, Frankfort, Kentucky

1987 “Watercolor USA” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri

1988 “Steven Robert Kozar: Solo Exhibition” Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

1989 “Chicago International Art Exhibition,” Samuel Stein Fine arts, Ltd., Chicago, IL

1993 “Steven Kozar: One Man Exhibition” Rahr West Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

1994 “Realism ‘94,” The Fletcher Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico

1996 “Deep Shades of Winter-One Man Exhibit” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1998 “Paintings of the American Landscape” Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington

2001 “Disappearing Landscape” 16 Patton Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2003  “Still Life Exhibit,” Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, New York

2002 Creates Four Original Paintings for the “Governor’s Awards in Support of the Arts” established by the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts.

2004 “Chicago Images” Frederick Baker Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2006 “People Places & Events,” Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Madison, WI

2005-2011 Multiple “Best of Show,” “First Place,” “People’s Choice” and “Invitational Awards” during this period of attending various art fairs, primarily in the upper midwest of USA.

2012 “Finalist” Award, International Art Magazine

2016 First Tour of Brussels, Paris, Strasbourg, and London for an ongoing new body of work.

2016 “Opening Exhibition” Plus One Gallery, London, UK.

Select Public Collections
Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, Chicago, IL
Dean Foods, Chicago, IL
Zurich Insurance Group, Chicago, IL
McDonald’s Corporation, Oakbrook, IL
Michigan Bell, Detroit, Michigan
American Family Insurance, Madison, Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin
Riverside Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Northwest Mutual Insurance, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
West Bend Mutual Insurance, West Bend, Wisconsin
State of Wisconsin Executive Residence ("Governor's Mansion"), Madison, Wisconsin

Over 200 Paintings in Various Art Collections Worldwide