Steve Grzyb grew up in West Virginia where he spent many days as a child exploring and learning to appreciate the beauty of the hills, valleys, woods, and farmlands of the Appalachian Mountains. It was perfectly normal back then for kids to take off exploring in the morning and not return until supper time. No matter where he is today the rich colors and smokey air of the fall always creates a yearning to go back home. Although he always had a knack for drawing, Steve really didn’t discover art until he was a junior in high school in Cleveland, Ohio, where he won a National Scholastic Art Award for some of his first works.
While working on his Bachelor of Arts degree at Marshall University, Steve worked at a local TV station designing sets, lighting, directing commercials and producing newscasts. He also served as the art designer and illustrator for the Marshall University’s Year Book. His love of television was only second best to his love for art. The combination launched him into a long and enjoyable career.
His college degree and career were put on hold when he was drafted into service during the Vietnam War. As an illustrator in the US Army Signal School he was awarded the Army’s Commendation Medal for his work. His artistic talents helped him escape many of the KP and guard duties others had to endure as officers would excuse him in exchange for paintings and cartoons.
Steve Grzyb spent many years as a creative marketing professional. Mr. Grzyb's work has won local and regional creative marketing awards, plus the International TV & Film Festival of New York Award, the National Broadcast Promotion/ Marketing Executives Gold Medallion Award, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Award, and national Telly awards. He currently has his own company, SG Media Marketing, where he consults TV Stations in creative marketing.
Two years ago, 37 years later, Steve finally received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. He has a large collection of drawings and paintings in a variety of medium that he created over the last 40 years. Those works are just now being displayed publicly at his new studio/gallery, Art By: GRZYB, located at 137 South Central in Eureka, Missouri. Steve is a Juried member of The Greater St. Louis Art Association and The Best of Missouri Hands.
Steve’s last name, pronounced “Grr-zib”, means mushroom in Polish.