Steve Shamburger has been an artist all his life. The second of four siblings, Steve and his two younger brothers were blessed with their father Aubrey's artistic talent. Aubrey Shamburger was the art director at the largest ad agency in their hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, so Steve and his siblings were no strangers to art. In grade school he could be found during recess hunched over a notebook dutifully rendering his favorite comic heroes. The artist credits comic books for his early mastery of human anatomy. Drawings of Batman and Superman filled many of his early sketchbooks.
Steve discovered his talent for portraiture in the eighth grade after he was asked to decorate a gymnasium bulletin board with a pastel likeness of Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who was scheduled to speak at an upcoming school assembly. The day of his visit the Governor asked the assembly "who painted my portrait?". Everyone promptly pointed to Steve, who was called to the podium where Governor Edwards offered him a one hundred dollar bill for the portrait - a fortune to a thirteen-year-old!
Upon graduating high school in 1982, Steve enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston, where he earned his Associate's degree in advertising design. Upon graduation, he immediately began his freelance career in Houston, providing design and illustration to local businesses. After several years Steve returned to Baton Rouge where he continued freelance illustration, adding caricature to his repertoire. It was there he met his wife, Genedi, and in 1991 they moved to Overland Park, Kansas. During his time there Steve began to acquire more national clients, including Movieline and Sports Illustrated Kids magazines.
Following the birth of their son, Christian, in 2001, Steve and Genedi returned to Baton Rouge to be near family. However, in 2005, just months before Hurricane Katrina struck, Genedi's teaching career prompted a move to Georgia. After several years away, Louisiana beckoned again, and they've since made Baton Rouge their home.
Steve is a member of the Louisiana Art & Artist's Guild and leads a Wednesday night life-drawing session, as well as teaches drawing and painting courses at their Baton Rouge facility on Silverest Avenue. He also continues to freelance from his home-based studio.