About the Artist
About the Artist
Stevon Lucero had been painting since he was in high school and continued until his death in 2021. Since childhood, he had experienced lucid dreams and visions and ventured more than once into separate realities. Through these revelations and studies of metaphysical, philosophical, and historical media, he had been guided to create two unique art forms: Metarealism and Neo-Precolumbian Aztec art. In 1968, he developed "Metaphysical Fantastic Realism" which later evolved into what became "Metarealism". The following is his definition of that form: "Metarealism is the externalization of interior realities that are transformed into visual mystic metaphors via the process of the philosophic state which I call polar synthesis. The paintings are neither reflections of the conscious, as in realism, nor the subconscious, as in surrealism. They are instead a visual synthesis, symbolizing the spiritual continuum to which they owe their existence and lies at the center of their being. (All being, for that matter!) Their being being therefore the personification of thought realities. Thought Forms ... as it were. And it does, you know." (Copyright 1977)
Stevon had presented his Metarealism in many one-man shows throughout the United States. In 1996 he was recognized by the Museo de las Americas in Colorado with a one man show, where he presented more than 58 paintings, called "Stevon Lucero's Metarealism."
In 2021 Stevon Lucero and Adrian Molina created together a room in Denver's Meow Wolf Convergence Station. They named the room "Indigenous Futurist Dreamscapes Lounge". The room is filled with Lucero's Metarealism paintings on circles with painted backgrounds. Both the backgrounds and painted circles tell stories.
In 1984, Lucero developed "Neo-Precolumbian Art". Proud of ancient ancestry, he re-visioned images of Pre-Columbian Mexico into new vibrant paintings of power and depth, which to modern eyes are dead and have no meaning, and recreated them, giving them new meaning without violating the spirit of their original creators. Lucero's intent was not to exploit these images but to evolve them in the same way that the Chicano is evolved from their ancient heritage. A visiting Medicine Man from Mexico known as Tlacaelel (whose expertise include reading original codex images) declared upon seeing "Sacred Tree" that Stevon was one of the few artists on this planet who painted with true spirit vision.
1978 was also the year that Lucero began working on mural projects. Since then, he had become an accomplished muralist. In 1992 he painted the "Tlateco Market" diorama for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado. This diorama was an important and visually stunning part of the exhibit entitled "Aztec: The World of Montezuma". Stevon had produced an impressive body of work of over 2,000 paintings. These paintings are included in the private collections of numerous individuals both famous and otherwise, as well as many businesses throughout the world. He and his art, visions and philosophies have been the topic of many newspapers, magazine, television, film, and video interviews produced domestically and internationally. He was much sought after as a lecturer, with many of these lectures being recorded for posterity by various institutions, such as Harvard and Columbia University. Stevon Lucero was on a spiritual journey. More than a visual artist he was in truth, a philosopher artist. Each painting reflected a metaphor of his own internal dialogue between himself and God. Each piece tells a story, a story in which the ultimate intent and value lies in the future when people will have a greater understanding and appreciation for true spiritual art.