‘Within’ by Chris Leib
Artist: Chris Leib
Medium: Oil on Masonite
Dimensions: 7″ x 5″
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artist:
Chris Leib is an American artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his education in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He later studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, after which he apprenticed with the master Italian painter Roberto Lupetti and worked for a number of years as an illustrator for McGraw-Hill Publishing. Chris Leib has exhibited his artwork across the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Denmark and Australia.
A classically trained painter, Leib has spent many years applying renaissance techniques to subject matter outside traditional boundaries. Leib’s paintings typically feature Astronauts in royal garb or Bonobos and astronauts in various odd settings that are loosely inspired by the species (mis)interpretation of historical contexts. Despite their dark tones, his subjects are characterized by humor and an exploration of heroic imagery.
Leib’s art has been positively reviewed in Hi-Fructose Magazine, Huffington Post, Kunst Magazin, Supersonic Electronic, Village Voice, Beautiful Bizarre, HEY! Magazine, and BloPop to name a few. Leib has twice been an Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and has received competitive grants from the George Sugarman Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission. His work can be found in important public and private collections in the United States and Europe.