Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary artist, best known for his emotive portraiture and expressive landscape paintings. Full bio and recent news at stevesalo.com

Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, UAE, Europe, the UK, USA and Canada. Artist residences in Hämeenkyrö Finland and Portsea Australia.

Steve’s profile as a contemporary artist continues to grow, with his paintings being shortlisted in prestigious prizes across Australia and awarded a prize in Florence, Italy. He was a finalist in the Salon des Refusés (selected from Archibald Prize) in 2018 and 2016. Other recognition includes being a finalist in the Len Fox Painting Award, the Kogarah Art Prize, Waverley Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Prospect Portrait Prize and John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize.


2018 Recent Paintings, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, Vic
2017/18 Paintings from Finland, Embassy of Finland, Canberra, ACT
2017 The Back to Back Theatre Portraits, Frankston Arts Centre, Melbourne, Vic
2017 Expressions of Landscape, Metropolis Gallery
2017 Halcyon Days, Epworth Gallery, Vic
2015 Passerby, Metropolis Gallery
2014 Portraits of Artists, Metropolis Gallery

About 50 Group exhibitions


Studying books about the master painters and experimenting in many mediums and across various subject matter, Steve is largely self taught. His influences include Rembrandt, Titian, Auerbach, Sargent and Turner.

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