Steve Salo



Steve Salo


Private collections in Australia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, USA and the UK


(upcoming Oct 2017) The Back to Back Theatre Portraits, Curved Wall Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre, Vic
(upcoming 11-25 March 2017) Expressions of Landscape, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, Vic
March 2015 Passerby – Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, Vic
March 2014 Portraits of Artists – Metropolis Gallery


2016 The Back to Back Theatre Portraits: Collaboration with Back to Back Theatre, painting portraits of the ensemble actors and the artistic director
Friday 6 May: Preview of completed works at Metropolis Gallery for ‘Geelong After Dark’

2016 Finalist KAAF Art Prize
2016 Finalist Len Fox Painting Award
2016 Finalist Salon des Refusés
2016 Finalist Waverley Art Prize
2016 Commended – Kogarah Art Prize
2016 Finalist CSBC Spirituality in Art Prize
2016 Finalist Wyndham Art Prize
2015 Winner Celeste Prize ‘Taboo’ 2015 – Best single work (Italy)
2015 Finalist Prospect Portrait Prize
2015 Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Award – Contemporary category
2015 Finalist Cliftons Art Prize
2015 Winner Best Oil – Hobsons Bay Art Show
2015 Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize
2015 Finalist Mosman Art Prize
2015 American Art Awards: Expressionism human figure – 4th Place; Self-portrait – 5th Place
2015 Finalist Warringah Art Prize
2015 Highly Commended – John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize
2015 Finalist Lethbridge 10000 Award


2016 Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF) Art Prize, Sydney
2016 Len Fox Painting Award, Castlemaine Art Museum,
2016 Salon des Refusés, National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, then the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Portrait Exhibition, Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne, Vic
2016 Waverley Art Prize, WWAS Bondi, Sydney, NSW
2016 Kogarah Art Prize, Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre, Sydney, NSW
2016 ‘Winter in Metropolis’, Metropolis Gallery
2016 CSBC Spirituality in Art Prize and Exhibition: ‘Fire and Life’, Melbourne
2016 Celeste Prize ‘Taboo’ finalists exhibition, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence, Italy
2016 The Kirribilli Centre 40th Anniversary Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
2016 Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Vic
2016 Contemporary Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Vic
2016 ‘Flesh, Revealing a Passion for Paint’ (Juried Exhibition), Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, USA
2016 ‘Metropolis Summer Salon’ – Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, Vic
2016 ‘The Face of January’ Portrait and Figurative Exhibition, Camden Image Gallery, London, UK
2015 - 2016 Group shows at Muse Gallery (ongoing, recent works), Beechworth, Vic
2015 Metropolis Christmas Show, Metropolis Gallery
2015 Prospect Portrait Prize, Adelaide, SA
2015 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
2015 Toorak Village Art Walk, Vic
2015 Tatiara Art Prize, Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA
2015 Cliftons Art Prize, Melbourne finalists exhibition, Vic
2015 Hobsons Bay Art Show, Williamstown, Melbourne, Vic
2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Qld
2015 ‘Movement in Art’ – Cube Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre, Vic
2015 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2015 Warringah Art Prize, Warringah Creative Space, Sydney, NSW
2015 Trinity College Art Exhibition, Albury, NSW
2015 Bayside Art Show, Sandringham, Melbourne, Vic
2015 Cossack Art Awards, The Pilbara region, WA
2015 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, Penola, SA
2015 Lethbridge 10000 Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Qld
2015 ‘Metropolis Summer Salon’ – Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, Vic
2014 Metropolis Christmas Show – Metropolis Gallery
2014 ‘Feature Artists Show’ – Metropolis Gallery
2013 ‘Big Boom’ – Boom Gallery, Geelong, Vic
2012 Metropolis Christmas Show – Metropolis Gallery
2008 - 2012 St Josephs College Art Expo, Geelong, Vic
2008 - 2010 Camberwell Art Show, Melbourne, Vic
2008 ‘An Exhibition of Hope’ – St John of God Hospital, Geelong, Vic


(Upcoming 2017) Police Point Artist in Residence Program, Portsea — Mornington Peninsula Shire Arts & Culture

2016 Artist talk, Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2016 ‘Portrait Painters in Action’, Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne
2016 Masterclass series – Portrait Painting in Oils, Courthouse Youth Arts (for ages 15-25), Geelong
2016 One-on-one painting tuition
2015 Teaching 10-hour courses in drawing and acrylic painting, Geelong


Steve Salo has been passionate about painting since he was a child, getting his first oil paints at the age of eight. Studying the master painters and working in many mediums and across various subject matter, he is largely self taught.
1992 Graphic Design – Perth College of TAFE, WA
1990 Art & Design – Gordon Technical College, Geelong, Vic
1989 Geelong Fine Art School


NAVA National Association for the Visual Arts
Victorian Artists Society

Alana Mitchelson, ‘Power of presence shines through the dark’, Geelong Indy, 17 March 2016
Paintings featured online in Saatchi Collections and on ‘Artwork of the Day’ on homepage
Works shared worldwide on social media and blogs, recent profiles on Empty Kingdom, Artists
PICDIT, Weekend Notes and Proteus Mag
Artworks featured in Vine Leaves Literary Journal, July 2015 and Best of Vine Leaves 2015
‘Passerby by Steve Salo’ –, 18 March 2015
Featured Artist on, 11 Feb 2015
Julia Millard, ‘Friday on his Mind’, Geelong Review, 4 Sept 2014
Noel Murphy, ‘Face value’, GC Geelong Coast, Autumn 2014 (four-page profile)
‘A Passion Rekindled’ – Geelong Advertiser, 1 March 2014
‘Portraits of Artists by Steve Salo’ –, 9 Feb 2014
Featured Artist on the Australian Artists United website, 28 Dec 2013
‘Thompson in Print and Paint’ – Torquay Times, 2012