Steve Mei

About Steve Mei

Steve Mei, Artist


“To be able to interpret, through my distinct and highly stylized paintings, the intimate stories of Hawaiian culture and island residents is a true honor. One that I have taken with much responsibility.”

—Steve Mei, Artist


Steve Mei is best known for his boldly colorful, expressive and dramatic paintings. Inspired by his beloved Kauai and the islands of Hawaii’ his highly stylized interpretations of the islands and their people are represented in his signature “Tropical Deco” series.

A self-taught and imaginative artist, Steve Mei is able to create a variety of unique and distinctive works. The “Tropical Deco” series incorporates Mei’s stunning use of nostalgic island subject matter with bold, bright colors to create works both contemporary and traditional. Working with multiple mediums, Mei’s paints with gouache, acrylic and watercolor on handmade museum quality papers. Mei’s distinctive and highly stylized paintings have been collected worldwide.

Steve Mei was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently divides his time at his two studios on the island of Kaua’i and in Los Angeles.