|Steven Oshatz was born in New York City in 1940. He grew up in Los Angeles around the vibrant artists' community of the 1950s and 1960s studying under artists at the New School of Fine Art before attending Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts).
He exhibited in Los Angeles galleries before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1968. In the years following he developed a deep attachment to the visual environment of the Northwest and to the theatrical and artistic community that was emerging at that time. This led to rich collaborations that integrated his visual creations with the world of the performing arts in the form of stage sets and multimedia works.
Oshatz’ visual works utilize the qualities of light, color and kinetic energy to create resonance in the eye of the viewer. Over the course of his career these same qualities have infused his public pieces, such as stage designs and murals, as well as sculpture, assemblages, photography, watercolors and drawings, printmaking, and works on canvas and silk.
Since the 1980s his custom designs for silk accessories have been represented throughout the United States through his silk design and printing studio, Tancho Images. His silk design work has allowed him to fuse the applied arts with his expertise in the elements of line, form, and vibrant color that are an integral part of his fine art.