Stephen Mirich was born in 1954 in San Pedro, California and began competing and exhibiting in art events regularly by the age of fifteen. In college, he briefly studied architecture, then focused on a career in fine art. He studied under the noted artist, Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992) at the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts, Los Angeles. He also studied privately with Julian Ritter (1909-2000).

Mirich gained national recognition with his marine and historic maritime paintings. In 1995, he started to focus on landscape painting en plein air. Stephen Mirich often sketches and paints from nature combining his enjoyment for the outdoors with his love for art.

Selected Collections

Public Collections: Los Angeles Country Club; San Juan Capistrano Mission; Terranea Resort
Private Collections: Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith; Jean and Laura Stern; Oprah Winfrey

Professional Associations

Signature Artist Member of California Art Club; Founding Member of the Portuguese Bend Artists Colony; Lifetime member and past president of the San Pedro Art Association

Selected Press

Magazines: American Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Peninsula People

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions: California Art Club’s Mission San Juan Capistrano Plein Air Painting Events and Gold Medal Exhibitions; The California Wetlands, and the Treasures of the Sierra Nevada exhibition, both held at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Muckenthaler Cultural center in Fullerton, California and at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah; Coos Bay Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the Newport Nautical Museum the San Diego Maritime Museum, and at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon


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