Charles Bibbs Bio

Charles Bibbs, American

Born in San Pedro, California, and raised in Harbor City, California, In 1991, Bibbs decided to leave his management position of 25 years, to form his publishing company. Today, Bibbs is one of the top-selling artists in the country, and his business has grown to be one of the leaders in the African American art print market.

In his quest to preserve and develop the visual arts, Bibbs founded Images Magazine, the first national publication dedicated to contemporary African American art, Art 2000 Visual Arts Association, Art on Tour, The Inland Empire Music and Arts Foundation, co-founder of the Creative Quarantine, an artist, and residence program.

Charles Bibbs artwork manages to fuse African, African American and Native American cultural themes, to make powerful cross cultural statements. His work is thought provoking and capable of arousing strong emotions regardless of ethnic, gender and generational affiliation. Across the board, his renderings convey a deep sense of spirituality, majesty, dignity, strength and grace; they remain characteristically and recognizably Bibbs.

Texture, movement, and energy are the elements that form the nucleus and soul of Bibbs imagery. Using his ethnic heritage as inspiration, along with a mixture of realism and fantasy, he has developed a distinctive style that is uniquely Charles Bibbs.

Comments are often made about the larger-than-life appearance of Bibbs’ work. He has a tendency to paint as if he’s looking up. This viewpoint has lead to the exaggerated hands, feet, and height of Bibbs’ characters, that has become a trademark of his work.

Bibbs is profiled in many publications, like Ebony Jet, Upscale, Ebony Male and has interviewed on radio and television. His work has been shown on the sets of many popular television sitcoms and movies. In 2008, Bibbs created the “Black Madonna” image for the Fox Searchlight film, “The Secret Life Of Bees,” and was the first visual artist to be hired to create for a Fox Searchlight film.

Bibbs’ work has been featured in several exhibitions at museums, galleries, schools and other art venues, including the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, The Metropolitan Art Museum in Riverside, The Museum of African American Art, The National Black Arts Festival, New York International Art Expo, and the Tokyo, Japan International Fine Art Show.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the “Entrepreneur Of The Year” Award, presented by the African American Chamber of Commerce, United Negro College Fund “Honoree Award,” Hardy Brown Community Award, and has been presented the “Key to 6 cities within the United States.


"Sweet Lilies" Lithograph/Serigraph by Charles Bibbs

Title: "Sweet Lilies"

Medium: Limited edition lithograph with serigraph embellishment

Unframed Size: Sheet size: 27.75" x 38.75", image size: 20.25" x 34"

Asking Price: $1,000.00