B: 1978, Portland, OR.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Cody was raised in the Southern California. After some small recognition as a youth, it was not until high school that his academic career began. He was accepted into Orange County High School of the Arts in 1994 where he learned the fundamentals of art. In 1996, on a scholarship he won through the “Color it Orange” art contest, 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 Cody landed a 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 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 first 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.
My goal is to be an artist of my time. Creating artwork that 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.
2000 BFA, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA
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”
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA “California Cool”
2014 The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Face It”
2014 Curbside Gallery, Santa Ana, CA “Square 2”
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