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Steve Maloney

PO BOX 7230
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, U.S.A.
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Phone: 858-756-4088

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My art reflects my fascination with velocity, American icons, machine forms, the humor of life itself and, most significantly, pop culture. I employ bold colors in a style that brings wondering amazement, joy and levity to the everyday world. It is exhilarating to create art with real energy and motion, to embrace spontaneity, and to utilize the vibration of colors to express a moment or scene.


By working in a variety of disciplines – painting, sculpture, collage, film, performance – I continuously push beyond my comfort zone, accomplishing artistic goals without being confined to a specific medium.


What motivates me most is the creative process. Whether creating art for a public program, a commission, a new series, or to merely conceptualize future works, I remain passionate, exploring my consciousness and sub-consciousness for striking visual results. You are welcome to view my art on my website:




As a working artist, I have a proven track record at executing two- and three-dimensional works within budget, on time, and installed according to exhibition requirements. My background as a manufacturer of industrial metal tools goes a long way toward this: I know how to build things and am experienced at creating, composing and delivering what I promise. Indeed, I am as proud of my organizational and business skills as I am of the variety and quality of the art I create. To that end, following is a brief overview of some of my recent projects.




My work for four public art projects – Hail Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo, Michigan); Path of the Bighorn Sheep (Palm Springs, California); La Jolla Cow Parade (La Jolla, California); and ArtPrize (Grand Rapids, Michigan) – reveal my understanding of the logistics and process. For each project, I met or exceeded the requirements of the application process. I remained on budget and worked with proper mediums and finishes. And I communicated promptly and clearly with the directors of each project for coordination of delivery.




Two series of my works have resulted in traveling exhibitions, each shown in various museums as well as a New York Fine Art Gallery:


·       This Is Where The Rubber Meets The Road is comprised of 28 sculptural works created from wrecked NASCAR sheet metal. The series was exhibited as a one-man show at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas. Click her for video.

·       It also traveled as a one-man show, first to the Coda Gallery in SoHo, New York, then to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida for the 50th Anniversary running of the Daytona 500.  Selected pieces were also installed for a group exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. A book on the full series is available at

·       I worked closely with many entities and individuals involved with NASCAR resulting in the display of 15 pieces from This Is Where The Rubber Meets The Road at the new NASCAR headquarters in Daytona and Charlotte, North Carolina.


·       My Banned Booty series created from items confiscated by the TSA from carry-on luggage in the wake of 9/11 was shown at the Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Kansas Cosmosphere Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas. I have set up a website dedicated to the ongoing project ( ) and continue to create works with these found objects for future exhibitions.

·       Inspired by my Banned Booty series, I created Banned Booty–Palm Springs Checkpoint in 2012.  The          

      easy to travel installation is housed in a shipping container featuring works from the series while doubling      as a canvas for a retro-style illustration of air passengers on the tarmac ready to board.  Banned Booty-            Palm Springs Checkpoint opened at the Palm Springs Air Museum and will be on view there till May 31,        2013.




I was commissioned to participate in the Lexus Parts Art project. ) Click here for video.

The luxury automaker selected three artists and gave each a vehicle to use to create a contemporary sculpture. A film of the creative process was later used on the company’s broadband website.


I was allowed two weeks from selection to finish the project. During that time, I enlisted the services of the art fabricator Carlson and Company in San Fernando, California.  I look back on the experience as “No Time to Think,” mainly because I had to get it right the first time. Working intuitively, I was able to incorporate the challenges into my design. By using a shipping container as the armature for my sculpture it accentuated the piece and became a metaphor for the fast-paced, global society we live in today. My communication with the fabricator’s staff of engineers, principals, workers and administrators was essential throughout.




Western Michigan University

Michigan State University

Northern Arizona University

American School, Lugano, Switzerland

Studied with Kwok Wai Lau, a past faculty member of the International Art School of Hong Kong, Lecturer at The Art Institute of Chicago, and current faculty member at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California

Born: Kalamazoo, MI

Current Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, CA





2013                Heather James Fine Art, Mid-Career Retrospective, Palm Desert, CA

2012                Palm Springs Air Museum, Banned Booty Palm Springs-Check Point, Palm Springs, CA

2010                Wilkes Bashford, San Francisco, CA

2009                Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2009                True Value Hardware Store, Palms Springs, CA

2008                Concourse d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA

2008                The Daytona 500 Club, Daytona Beach, FL

2007                Coda Gallery, New York, NY

2007                Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY

2007                Hard Rock Café, New York, NY

2007                CARDOZO School of Law, New York, NY

2007                The Petroleum Museum, Midland, TX

2005                Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, KS

2005                Wells Fargo Bank, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

2004                Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

2004                Wells Fargo Bank, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

2003                Wells Fargo Bank, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

2003                International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2002                San Diego County Fair’s Elvis-themed Exhibition of Art, Del Mar, CA

2001                Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI




2013                Artists in Action “Transformative Chairs” coinciding with Antibodies: The Works of Fernando                                  and Humberto Campana 1989 - 2009. Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2013                Big, The Audacity of Scale, UCR, Palm Desert Campus, CA

2010                Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

2010                The Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI         

2009                Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2009                Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2008                Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2007                Palm Springs Art Museum, “Treasures of the West”, Palm Springs, CA

2006                Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2006                Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2005                Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2004                Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2004                Palm Springs, International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2004                Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2003                Palm Springs, International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2003                Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2003                Bella Macchina, Palm Beach, FL

2001                Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA



2014                Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA (Artist Spotlight: “Ride-em-Copter” sculpture)

2013                Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2012                Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

2007                Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL

2006                Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL

2002                Palm Springs International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA




2008      Outstanding Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum, Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA

2006    Most Creative

            Palm Springs Art Museum, Artist Council Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA

2013    American School in Switzerland (TASIS)-Arts Gala Honoree, Montagnola, Switzerland




2009    La Jolla CowParade, La Jolla, CA

2004    Hail Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI

2003      Path of the Bighorn, Palm Springs, CA




2009    Palm Springs International Short Fest – The seven-minute short Palm Springs Charcoal, directed by René    Simon Cruz, uses Steve Maloney’s exhibit at the Palm Springs True Value Hardware to reveal the artist’s        playful take on American consumerism

2006    American School in Switzerland (TASIS)- In Honor of its Golden Anniversary & Spring Arts Festival             Montagnola, Switzerland        

2014    Artist Spotlight Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA








NASCAR corporate headquarters, Charlotte, NC

NASCAR corporate headquarters, Daytona, FL

GRAND AM for Charity Camp Boggy Creek, Las Vegas, NV

Lexus’ “Parts Art”, Concourse d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA

Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Collection, Rancho Mirage, CA

Kiton, NY

Net Jets Operations Center, Columbus, OH

Scripps Hospital, Encinitas, CA




Maloney, Steve. “This Is Where The Rubber Meets The Road”, Art Book 2007, ISBN 0-9791429-0-3

Maloney, Steve. “Banned Booty, A Contemporary Art Collection Created From Carry-On Items Confiscated By Airports Security,” March 2004.

Maloney, Steve. “Checker Elvis Sightings in New York”, August 2004.




Barns, Brooks.  “The Jet Set,” The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2002.

Bleiberg, Larry.  “Art Series Designed for Private Jets,” The Dallas Morning News, December 8, 2002.

Lightbourn, Arthur.  “RSF Resident Finds Success – Again – and ‘Another’ Passion as Artist,” Rancho Santa Fe Review, September 25, 2003.

Kaufman, David.  “Flight of Fancy,” American Express Centurion, December 2002.

Pirozzolo, Dick.  “Art Appreciation, A New Art Genre Proliferates in Private Jets,” Aircraft Interior, January/February 2003.

Karen Chan, BBC World Service Programme “The World Today” April 4, 2003.

Espindel, Mike.  “Fine Art to Go,” Elite Traveler, May/June 2003.

Steve Maloney, Digital Art Show, CNN Headline News, July 22, 2003.

Kissinger, Meg.  “Rolling Art: Motorcycle Design at Home in Museum,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

August 24, 2003.

KPSP CBS Evening News, Palm Springs, CA “Banned Booty” September 11, 2003.

News 10 Good Morning KXTV-TV ABC, Sacramento, CA, September 26, 2003.

Clark, Jane.  “Airport Booty Takes Off as Artwork,” USA Today, September 26, 2003.

National Public Radio (NPR), September 28, 2003.

Victor Barry, RedFM 104-106, Cork, Ireland, September 29, 2003.

Madison Morning Show, KPRI FM San Diego, CA September 29, 2003.

Esposido, Mat.  “California Artist Redefines the Ephemeral,” BOAT International USA, October 2003.

Bruce Kenyon, The QR77 Morning Show, Calgary, Canada October 2, 2003.

Bunting, Chris.  “Booty-ful,” New York Post, October 21, 2003.

Bleiberg, Larry.  “Items Seized at Airport Become Art in California,” The Dallas Morning News,

October 21, 2003.

Kammerer, Olga.  “Ist Ihre Nagelfeile auch dabei?” Freundin, December 13, 2003.

Peter Anthony Holder, “Holder Overnight”, CJAD 800 AM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada March 19, 2004.

Wurzer, Ron.  “Check Your Booty,” The Seattle Times, March 26, 2004.

Hackett, Regina.   “The ‘Lighter’ Side of Terrorism: Booty Seized at Airports on Display,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 27, 2004.

Banned Booty Exhibition Announcement, KOMO 4 News TV, March 27, 2004.

Banned Booty Exhibition Announcement, KIRO TV 7 Eyewitness News, March 27, 2004.

Banned Booty Exhibition Announcement, Northwest Cable News, March 27, 2004.

Banned Booty Exhibition Announcement and Interview with Steve Maloney, Q13 FOX, March 27, 2004.

Fark, Bill.  Banned Booty, County, April 14, 2004.

Darosa, Alison.  “Latitudes and Attitude: Banned Booty Art,” San Diego Union Tribune, April 25, 2004.

“Banned Booty, One Man’s Loss is Another Man’s Art,” General Aviation News, April 30, 2004.

Carpenter, Richard.  “Flight Exhibit Grounded in Art,” Boston Globe, May 9, 2004.

“Ready for Takeoff – Plenty is Left Hanging at The Museum of Flight,” Sunday Telegram, May 9, 2004.

“Banned Booty,” Stratos Magazine, June 2004.

“Post 9/11 Contraband Fills ‘Booty Runway,” San Diego Union-Tribune, October 3, 2004.