James Verbicky (Canadian, born 1973)

sm_Verbicky2013_portrait3.jpgBorn in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, James Verbicky lived the majority of his early life between Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. As an adult, he moved to the U.S., and after struggling with legitimacy for many years, was awarded the rarely bestowed ‘Extraordinary Ability’ green card from the U.S. government due to his extensive involvement with a myriad of museums, galleries, charity organizations, and publications across America. In 2010, Verbicky debuted the media paintings, mixed media works that stimulate the viewer with both content and texture. The three dimensional surfaces transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture, and by utilizing vintage media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials. His works are deeply conceptual with their abstraction capturing both forgotten and persisting icons of media and reminding us that we are constantly being influenced.

Verbicky works and lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.