CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Artist Darius Steward uses the city of Cleveland as his canvas, and his family as his inspiration.
The Cleveland native has painted a number of murals throughout the city's landscape ranging from downtown to the art district in Gordon Square.
"Life, life would have to be my biggest inspiration," said Steward.
"Breaker of Chains" is a 200-foot-long, 6-foot-high mural across the Euclid Avenue bridge over the Inner Belt.
The Cleveland native has been an artist since his youth and is using his talents to spread positive messages of hope and perseverance in the community.
Steward's reputation preceded him, as he walked through the Front and Seen art show at Worthington Yards. He felt pride as people gazed his work.
"It feels great to see this hard work payoff man, it's beautiful."
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Steward has been an educator at St. Ignatius High School for the past six years where he taught art and film classes.
Moving forward Steward is excited about a new role allowing him to impact the youth.
Steward will showcase his art work at the Front International, coming to Cleveland on July 12-13.
He will also participate in the Can Triennial starting July 7.