Istvan "Steve" Diossy is a self-taught marine artist born in Chicago, IL but moved to Florida at age 3. Steve uses his unique fish artwork to show his love of his community and its natural beauty. Each Steve Diossy piece exemplifies the coastal lifestyle as the artist is able to capture the vibrant colors of Florida in every work of art. With his carefree lifestyle, unique sense of humor, and personal connection to the coast (including boating, fishing, and surfing), Steve brings his artwork to life.
His artistic talent can be dated back to when he was a kid with a strange sense of humor. He remembers in elementary school hearing someone say, "I have a runny nose," and he envisioned a nose with legs running off the page -- so he drew just that. Because he was a shy child, his artwork allowed him to open up and meet friends as people were drawn to his artwork.
Steve finds inspiration in the work of Guy Harvey, Carey Chen, and Don Ray. He comments on his respect for other artists and how he finds beauty in the fact that every artist is able to unlock something within their own mind, enabling them to see life in a novel way.
However, Steve's fish artwork is unique in that he sees fish and marine life in a humorous, human setting. After noticing the bright, fun color of the pieces, viewers are really drawn in by that humorous aspect. The comedic theme throughout the artwork makes it appealing to viewers of all ages.
One of Steve's most memorable moments is when he won first place and Presidential recognition for a sculpture depicting Michelangelo's "The Florentine Pieta" at the age of 16. Additionally, Steve is proud that his artwork is making a difference in the world.
His most significant fish artwork is the "Protect Wild Dolphins" Florida license plate. This project was commissioned by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute/FAU, which has raised more than $20 million for marine mammal conservation efforts.
A fish swims up to a bar and splashes down with a pirate, a crab, and a Marlin. He orders a round of drinks. Things get a little rowdy and the next thing you know.... It becomes a Raw Bar.Read More
Q: What's the difference between a Hungry Artist and a Hungary Artist?
A: Besides the letter "a"... loud incessant stomach growling.
Time Lapse / Speed Painting of Ofishulz Lobster by Steve DiossyRead More
"Cat On" custom artwork created by Istvan (Steve) Diossy of www.Ofishulz.com Song is "Ofishulz Kind of Day" by Tom Harrington and Michael (Nimble) Powell. Drawing finished with ballpoint pen then scanned in and painted in Photoshop CS4 using Wacom Cintiq 21UX.
My roots always go back to sketching and doodling. It's one of my favorite things to do.
Here's the latest one I created for Casey & Jason:
The Story behind it:
"After decades of trying, my boyfriend finally hooked a sailfish only to almost have his dream fish taken away by a careless boater in a center console. The boater had seen us fighting the fish for a while and decided to take a closer look, (too close!), in which he drove his boat right over his line. Despite my boyfriend and I both screaming at him, he never stopped, he just looked at us like we had 3 heads. Miraculously it somehow did not cut the line! A little while later I grabbed the bill, my boyfriend Jason grabbed the tail and after a couple pictures were taken, the fish swam away to be caught another day. Is there anyway you could capture that story in a sketch? It was pretty hectic and our most memorable fishing trip! Our boat is a center console. If you include us in the sketch, my boyfriend was wearing shorts and a long sleeve shirt. He'a thin, has short hair, a hat, sunglasses, and a short beard and mustache. I'm thin, have long brown hair, and was wearing a hat,sunglasses and a black bikini.
I just want something simple to commemorate his most prized catch and that crazy day.
Thank you so much!-Casey"
The one pictured below is 2’ x 8’ (24” x 96”) and runs $350. Price includes customizing name to “Your Boat Name”. Call or email for more information (772) 794-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Transom Decals of the “Raw Bar” are also available.
"GET SWAMPED" artwork created for Discovery Channel/Animal Planet's, SWAMP BROTHERS! This was a real treat to be able to work on. Robbie and Stephen Keszey are a blast!
We are very excited to be a part of a wonderful even coming up Feb 2nd, 2013 in Kelsey Park. Lake Park, FL.
New Custom artwork for Paul R., "RUMBA"... it will be used for shirt, embroidery, and transom vinyl decal. We like this one so much we might add to the Ofishulz line. What do you guys think?