B: 1978, Portland, OR.
After graduating college Cody spent 9 years experimenting with different materials and techniques until he solidified his style that culminated into his first solo show called “Mustachio rides again” at a gallery in Santa Ana, California called Art from the Hive.
In that 2009 show he displayed how he evolved from his classically trained roots into Mustachio – a brush-wielding renegade who takes risks, fears nothing, and rides with no saddle. Some say Mustachio is Cody’s alter ego. In fact, the stark contrast between the artist’s humble, soft-spoken nature and his in-your-face work was hard to miss. Mustachio’s art is defined by talent, technique and a mélange of mixed media, resulting in vibrant, controlled chaos. Since that show Cody has developed his artwork into a full time career.
With eight solo shows and a multitude of continuously monthly group exhibitions. Cody has solidified himself as a contender climbing his way up in the new contemporary art market.
My goal is to be an artist of my time. Creating artwork that looks, speaks and represents our world today with the use of contemporary subject matter, materials and techniques. I strive for a balance between conceptual thought and aesthetic beauty illustrated by my painterly realism and collage through a seamless blend of the two. A narrative often develops in the relationship between the subject matter and the surrounding imagery. Visual ques are abundant through out the piece, but not overpowering. Leaving subtle morsels of information that are often overlooked and can be later enjoyed with continuous views. The work is inevitably evolving and so is my understanding of it. As it grows, I too shall grow.
2000 BFA, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA
2013 Design Matters, Los Angeles, CA “Goodbye Butterfly”
2012 Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, CA “Featured Artist”
2012 Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA “I Stole this Off Your Facebook”
2012 Design Matters, Los Angeles, CA “Building a Brick”
2011 Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim, CA “Tales from Skid Row”
2011 Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA “Modern Romance and the Illusive Dream”
2010 Harvey’s, Los Angeles, CA “This Ain’t your Mama’s Mustache”
2009 Art From the Hive, Santa Ana, CA “Mustachio Rides Again”
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Face It”
2014 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA “Art of the heist”
2013 GR Works Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Back Alley”
2013 Magoski Arts Colony, Fullerton CA, “Love, Sex, Unity and Respect”
2013 Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Get Together”
2012 O’Neill, Santa Cruz, CA, “60 Years of Innovation Global Art Tour”
2012 AR4T, Laguna Beach, CA, “Elephant and Asses”
2012 The Hibbleton, Fullerton, CA, “Partners in Crime”
2011 Hold Up Art, Los Angeles CA, “Trash”
2011 LA Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA, “Beyond Eden”
2011 Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles CA, “Eye to Eye”
2011 Grass Hut, Portland OR, “Balls Out Thee Third”
2010 Eco-logical Art, Los Angeles, CA “Revisions/10”
2010 DDR Projects, Long Beach, CA “Looking into the Sun.”
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
“Art interviews Cody Lusby”, by Noel Paris, Altamont Apparel May 8, 2013
“Cody Lusby uses tempo of the city to create mixed media art”, by Gary Booth, Long Beach Post April 12, 2013
“Glimpses of Cody Lusby, Our Mustache Wearing Friend” by Lauren Lloyd, LAist February 4, 2011
“Studio Visit with Mustachio”, by Lamia Larkin, Orange County Arts and Culture Magazine May 10, 2010