Biography

Polish Canadian artist James Verbicky was born in 1973 and lived the majority of his early life in British Columbia before immigrating to the United States in the early 2000s.  He struggled with legal status for many years before finally being awarded the  ‘Extraordinary Ability’ Green card due to his extensive involvement with a wide range of museums,  galleries, publications, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic endeavors.  In  2008,  his work was selected for a 110-year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre with the  Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts. 

Shortly after his exhibition in Paris and finding inspiration among the magazine vendors that range along the  Seine, Verbicky created the media paintings: complex and sculptural mixed media  artworks that became his vessels for communicating about a society oversaturated by media.  By  utilizing  rare  historical  content,  including  both  obsolete  and  persisting  brands  and advertisements,  as  well  as  vintage  graphics,  Verbicky  has  constructed  a  large  oeuvre  of densely  layered  and  unique  compositions  that  ensnare  the  viewer  by  engaging  the  natural human  proclivity  to  find  order  in  chaos,  to  sort  and  assign  meaning  as  a  way  to  navigate  the world.  In this process, he reminds the viewer that they are constantly being influenced.    

In  2014, Verbicky returned to paint on canvas with the ERA  and Bhavanga series,  which allowed him to transcend the barriers of paper collage with bands of the hand-painted canvas, enamel script, classical imagery, and crystalline.  At his core, Verbicky is a visual language manipulator, unsatisfied with deconstruction alone, he is driven forward by the process of reconstruction and the creation of a new, abstract visual language. In 2018, he expanded his vision further by venturing into the world of three-dimensional monumental sculptural works, which buildout into the environment and create a sensory experience beyond sight alone.    

Verbicky collaborates frequently with philanthropic organizations, using his artwork to contribute to non-profits like the  Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium.  He has been the focus of international exhibitions ranging from Berlin to Bangkok, Beirut to New  York  City, Boston,  Washington  D.C.,  and  Los  Angeles.  His pieces have been auctioned by Sothebys & Christie’s, and are counted in thousands of important private,  public, celebrity and museum collections in countries all over the world.

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

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