Raised on Chicago’s south side, Zeph Farmby started writing graffiti as a teenager in the early 1990s. While attending Percy L. Julian High School, he took four years of advanced art classes; cramming in as much art exposure and education as he could. During his high school years, Zeph entered countless art competitions; always winning the top award. At 16, he was creating logos and murals for small local businesses and had picked up some independent studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.
During his studies at the American Academy of Art, Zeph enhanced his knowledge by deepening his understanding of art history and adding to his skill set with acrylic and oil paintings, graphic design, and Illustration. Prior to graduating from The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Zeph was commissioned for largescale projects for companies in the area. He would continue to create illustrations for local magazines and graphic designs for t-shirts and other promotional materials. Today, you can see these pieces featured in major motion films and TV shows. After graduating with a Degree in Fine and Commercial Arts, Zeph sold T-shirts to friends and inner city boutiques. Eventually, his designs, original paintings, and graffiti work made it to large retail stores, hair salons, and shops. The B.E.T. television series, “Rap City The Basement”, was one of the first shows to broadcast his work nationwide.
Most recently, Zeph’s art was displayed during the “Black Creativity” Art Exhibit held at the world-renowned Museum Of Science And Industry in Chicago, IL. His original works are for sale and can be found in museums, art galleries and boutiques across the United States, Canada, France, and online. Today, between his busy travel schedule and demanding clients, Zeph enjoys mentoring and coaching young artists in his home town.
Zeph is currently working in the studio in the Greater New York City area.