Born and raised in Minneapolis, Olson has been a fixture in local and national art scenes since the early ’80s, where his underground shows seized the walls of abandoned warehouses, condemned buildings, and mid-construction high rises. From canvas to burnt wood to steel sculptures, Olson transforms the everyday into universal images, exploring social themes through form and emotion.  

His work is displayed at congressional offices, state capitols, public schools, and through alliances with local advocacy organizations, including the Family Housing Fund, the Domestic Abuse Project, and Lundstrum Center for Performing arts.

View Steve Olson’s video biography.