Chris Leib - “Paniscus Pieta” - oil on board - 40.6 x 50.8cm (16”x20”)
oil on board
40.6 x 50.8 cm (16” x 20”)
Chris Leib (USA) graduated in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley but soon after landed a job as an illustrator. After some study at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and apprenticing with a portrait painter, he began to work as a full time artist. Featuring casts of astronauts and Bonobo chimps, Leib’s meticulously layered and detailed paintings provide his subjects with a corporeal quality that pull us into their narrative and culture references. Despite frequent dark tones, his subjects are characterised by humour and an exploration of iconic and heroic imagery. Leib has received competitive grants from the George Sugarman Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Leib’s work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe and can be found in public and private collections around the world.