Libby Black was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 19th, 1976. She received a BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999 and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach), Jersey City Museum (Jersey City), and numerous galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Libby has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and Montalvo Arts Center. Libby’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Zink Magazine, Flash Art, and The New York Times. Libby is represented by Marx and Zavattero (formally Heather Marx Gallery) in San Francisco. Libby lives and works in Berkeley, California.
2001, California College of Arts and Crafts, MFA, Painting and Drawing 1999, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, BFA, Painting
Libby Black is a Berkeley-based artist who first became known for her DIY renditions of luxury products and brands. Kate Spade and caviar were her subjects, but the empty objects of desires became personal through Black's brushstrokes. Her new work focuses on subtler objects and their effect on personal memory and identity. Mundane relics and arbitrary trinkets bridge the gap between still-life and self portrait as Black's objects come to represent her. Her work immortalizes the fleeting instants that do not define our lives but shade it subtly. As Black notes: "Our lives are also filled with mundane moments, small pleasures, and frivolous distractions." Her still lifes of picnic baskets and floral bouquets show the little choices that ultimately determine who we are.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2012 "Nothing Lasts Forever," Marx & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2010 "Be Here Now," Marx & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, CA “If Nothing Else Matters,” PEEL Gallery, Houston, TX “Work Out,” San Jose Institute