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As a self-taught visual artist, my passionate goal is to create artworks that sparks meaningful conversations. At an early age drawing came naturally to me. I created figurative artworks using pencils. On my journey as an artist, I began to mature and develop a great appreciation for all styles of art. The mediums of colored pencils, pastels and acrylic paint were all added to my artistic style in my early twenties.
In 2014 I had a strong desire to create art in a way I had never seen. God gave me a unique process idea that I call Laypuzzim® (layered puzzled image). Laypuzzim® art is created by cutting textured card stock paper, mat board, or wood. Each individual color of the art piece is cut out by hand, layered, and puzzled together to create an image using negative space. This process is very innovative and intriguing.
The Laypuzzim® process is an enjoyable challenge that starts with a designed image followed by a great deal of engineering. One of my favorite parts of the process is seeking out the perfect type of materials, textures and colors to bring my artistic vision to life. From a distance most people think my artwork is a painting. Once the viewer gets up close to the piece, they can see the depth and dimension of all the layers.
When I see the spark in their eyes and know that they truly get the process and the message, I feel an incredible sense of accomplishment and joy. My ultimate goal is to create artwork that sparks meaningful and thought-provoking conversations. Its purpose is to serve as a visual reminder of our self-worth, love, joy, peace, accountability, and history.
Darin Darby was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is a self-taught visual artist. He began by drawing comic book characters with pencils. In his early twenties he expanded his art to include colored pencils, charcoal, pastels and acrylic paint.
In 2014 he created a new art technique which he trademarked Laypuzzim® (layered puzzled image). Laypuzzim® art is created by cutting textured card stock paper, mat board, or wood. Each individual color of the artwork is cut out by hand, layered, and puzzled together to create an image using negative space. His artwork has been included in exhibitions at several galleries throughout Metro-Detroit, Ohio, and Kentucky. His art is also a part of the permanent collection at Mack Alive Detroit. In 2018, Darin’s artwork was featured on both Fox2 News Detroit and WDIV-TV.
Most of Darin’s current artwork is inspired by biblical themes, thought provoking messages and uncredited historical black figures. He is passionate about creating artwork that has a message and sparking meaningful conversations. He continues to reinvent himself by experimenting with different materials and textiles. Darin is excited about his future as an artist as he continues to create his trademarked Laypuzzim® art.
2018 Salon Show, Residence of Honorable Teola Hunter, Detroit, MI
2017 Salon Show, Residence of Honorable Teola Hunter, Detroit, MI
2016 An Evening of Art, Uptown Property, Canton, MI
2015 Introduction to Darin Darby, Batista Gallery, Detroit, MI
2020 Human Kind Bonzeville Art Trolley Tour Guichard Gallery, Chicago, IL
2020 Torch of Wisdom Art Auction, Detroit, MI
2020 Art of Soul, National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, OH
2020 Mercedes-Benz Local Perspectives, Global Reach Art Exhibition
2020 26th African American Art Exhibition, Actors Theater, Louisville, KY
2020 All Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
2019 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2019 Art of Soul, National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, OH
2019 Shades of Blackness, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids, MI
2019 Thank You Mies, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
2019 Art Auction, Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Detroit, MI
2019 Three Cities Black History Exhibition, Gallery at City Hall, Westland, MI
2018 Food for The Soul Art, Village Theater, Canton, MI
2018 Annual Art Auction, Detroit Artists Market Gallery, Detroit, MI
2018 27th Annual Art Auction, NCA Gallery, Detroit, MI
2018 Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI
2018 BlackID, The Carr Center, Detroit, MI
2018 How to Draw a Straight Line, Art Extended Gallery, Detroit, MI
2018 Reminiscence and the Unseen, Office Space Gallery, Detroit, MI
2017 The Art Affair, The Artistry of Hair & Lotus B, Southfield, MI
2017 Collector’s Choice, National Conference of Artists Gallery, Detroit, MI
2017 Front and Center, Art Extended Gallery, Detroit, MI
2017 Art Auction Fundraiser, North Rosedale Park Civic Association, Detroit, MI
2017 Black Art Matters, Delta Sigma Theta 35th Annual Art Auction, Detroit, MI
2017 Redefining the Black Body, The Carr Center, Detroit, MI
2016 25th Annual Art Auction, National Conference of Artists Gallery, Detroit, MI
Diploma/Henry Ford High School
2020 Best In Show, Torch of Wisdom Annual Art Auction, Detroit, MI
2019 3rd Place 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2019 1st Place Art of Soul Art Exhibition, National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, OH
2019 2nd Place, Three Cities, Black History Art Exhibition, Westland, MI
unique collage artist, thought provoking, innovative art, figurative artist, metro-Detroit artist