Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cbabi Bayoc : : Paint

Today we are visiting the studio of Cbabi Bayoc, husband, father, painter (in that order, he will tell you).
Cbabi's studio is more public than many, as it is located in the bakery and vegetarian cafe he owns with his wife Reine.
One of my favorite things about Cbabi's studio (and life) is that his artistic life completely intertwines with his personal life. On any given day, you may see his three children doing their homework in this space,
there may be 200 cupcake boxes assembled for a custom order right next to one of Cbabi's works in progress,
employees may leave their bikes in this space, or take a break back here,
but amidst all the comings and goings, it is a sanctuary and a place for inspiration. You feel it the minute you walk in.
Cbabi's work is shown and collected nationwide, he is commissioned by celebrities, he has illustrated children's books, he has painted buses...
He's a St. Louis favorite at art fairs, where artists are selected to paint all day so people can observe and learn about the painting process firsthand.
Below is a 9-foot by 12-foot mural he just finished for Verizon wireless. Just this week it was installed in midtown across from the Fox Theatre and Jazz at the Bistro (you can see the installation here).
About sixty percent of Cbabi's work is commissioned.
A project very dear to his heart is his "Dads Don't Babysit" series, a collection of paintings celebrating black fathers and fatherhood.
He hopes to have this show on the road sometime in 2012.
I can't wait to see what he does next!

bakery and vegetarian cafe

Thank you Cbabi!

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