B: 1978, Portland, OR.


Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Cody was raised in the Southern California. He found his calling after some small recognition as a youth in a national touring art show. In High School Cody was accepted into Orange County High School of the Arts where he learned the fundamentals of art. In 1996, on a scholarship he won through the “Festival of the Arts”, he attended Laguna College of Art and Design. By the end of college his realism painting skills had developed to a caliber that several galleries wanted to sign him to their roster. Feeling not ready for a professional gallery career, Cody traveled, learned life lessons and grew.

In 2009 after many years of experimenting with materials and techniques and showing in group shows Cody landed his first solo show, “Mustachio rides again” at a gallery called Art from the Hive in Santa Ana, California. In that show he displayed how he evolved from his classically trained roots into contemporary conceptual realist artist – a brush-wielding renegade who takes risks, fears nothing, and rides with no saddle. In fact, the stark contrast between the artist’s humble, soft-spoken nature and his in-your-face work is hard to miss. Cody’s art is defined by talent, technique and a mélange of mixed media, resulting in a vibrant, controlled chaos. Since that first solo show Cody has developed his artwork into a full time career.

With ten solo shows under his belt, Cody has solidified himself as a contender climbing his way up in the new contemporary art market.


I am a painter who can draw, sculpt, print, stencil and install to get my point across… but contemporary realism painting is what I do.  My work is divided into different themes.  Each theme has a series of artwork that illustrate the central concept of that theme.  Though the themes vary with ideas the main focus is to push contemporary realism painting forward.  To create this progression I have three consisting elements running through my paintings.  Time represented by the segmentation, motion expressed by the blurring of the painted subject matter and place solidified by the photo collaged background.


2000 BFA, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA


2017 Vacant Space,  Laguna Beach, CA  “Water Wars Pop Up Show”

2016 Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA “Water Wars”

2015 Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA “Time Paradox”

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”


2018 FRBA, Redondo Beach, CA “CA 101”

2018 The Hibbleton Gallery, Fullerton, CA “10 Year Anniversary”

2018 Art Exchange, Long Beach, CA “Art in New Place”

2018 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA “California Cool”

2017 Newberry Lofts, Long Beach, CA “Art in Place”

2017 Gladys Artist Co-Op, Long Beach, CA “Winter Exhibitions”

2017 Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Long Beach, CA

2017 Magowski Art Complex, Fullerton, CA “Small but Mighty”

2017 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA “California Cool”

2016 DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Summer Group Exhibition”

2016 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA “California Cool”

2016 The Art Church, Los Angeles, CA “Cannibal Flower 15th Anniversary”

2015 PAS Gallery, Fullerton, CA “Sex, Violence and the American Way”

2015 The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Kool Layed”

2014 Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA “Square 2”

2014 The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Face It”

2013 GR Works Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Back Alley”

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”

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”

2010 Eco-logical Art, Los Angeles, CA “Revisions/10”

2010 DDR Projects, Long Beach, CA “Looking into the Sun.”


“Studio Visit Magazine Vol 41” Studio Visit Magazine, 2018

“CA 101 Art Exhibition gets a global flavor in Redondo Beach”, by Michael Hixon, The Beach

Reporter May 30, 2018

“Venice Institute of Contemporary Art: 2017” by Juri Kroll, 2017

“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



Winner of the INTRO Art & Fashion Competition 2010

Winner of the Color It Orange Competition 1996