Steve Joy studied at the Cardiff College of Art and received his BA from Exeter College of Art and an MFA from the Chelsea College of Art, both in England. Although originally trained as a sculptor, an opportunity to live as a fellow at Kyoto University in Japan changed his direction. He studied under a master calligrapher and began to see the artistic possibilities inherent in two-dimensional surfaces. From then on, Joy began traveling the world, living in such disparate places as Flanders and northern Norway, and he used his experiences to enhance his artistic approach. His most recent paintings are an attempt to deal with the code of ethics, aesthetics and spirituality that runs throughout the history of humanity. Reflects the artist: “I’m not influenced by a desire to express myself as an individual. I’m influenced by great historical painters and themes.” His work is represented by galleries and museums in Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Japan and throughout the United States. Joy maintains residences in both Omaha and New York. He is currently profiled in the September/October issue of Omaha Magazine, and he is featured as the cover story for Omaha Magazine’s current hotel issue. In 2007 the Joslyn Art Museum is also planning a mid-career retrospective of Joy’s work.