Neal Crosbie

Born in 1951 - United States


Neal Crosbie was born in San Francisco in 1951. He is a painter, a cartoonist, a poet and a musician who “has a black belt in tea and a masters degree in outer space” (cf Crosbie) and introduces humour in the gravitas of the painting as well as the spontaneity of drawings.

In 1960-62 Neal Crosbie studied painting at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in 1967-70 he studied with John Kaneko in Sacramento, especially pen and ink, in 1970 he studied painting with Ralph Goings in Sacramento, and in 1970-71 he studied with Gary Pruner at American River College.

His icon, coyote-man, drawn from his Shoshone background turns up everywhere in his works. He walks around in landscapes where sometimes the only visible sign is the wind in a pine tree. He thinks aloud, talks, declaims, makes fun at himself,or at the whole universe! He is somewhat wise, somewhat Buddhist, sometimes kranky always a poet.

Unique among his contemporaries, Neal Crosbie acts on canvas, paper or walls as a stand up comedian. His work is an invitation to profundity in a burst of exuberant colors and energies.

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One-man show of paintings and drawings and art performance at 'impresario Gallery', Santa Barbara

One-man show of paintings and chairs at 'Galerie 'remberti's', Bremen, Germany

Part of group show through 'Bremer Foerderpreis Fuer Bildende Kunst', Bremen, Germany

One-man show and group shows at 'Gordon Gallery', Los Angeles

Representation through 'San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery', San Francisco

Participation in 'Art Miami 94'

Part of two-man shows at Naga Studio, Venice, Los Angeles

One-man show at 'Design Arc' Gallery, Santa Barbara

Part of yearly group show 'The Buddha Abides' at 'De La Guerra Gallery', now 'Caruso Woods Fine Art', Santa Barbara

Representation on the internet through ''

Part of two-man show at 'Michael Himowitz Gallery', Sacramento

One-man show at 'the sandbox', Venice, Los Angeles:
28 Paintings created on site with songs

Part of 'Art O'Rama' show at 'Mad River Post' in Santa Monica, L.A.

2000 ongoing
Part of two-man show at 'Limn Gallery', San Francisco and representation

One-man show of paintings and drawings 'Firebelly and other Coyote Thankas at 'Art Resources' Gallery, Santa Barbara

Series of Murals at 'Art Resources' Gallery, Santa Barbara

Progressive exhibition of "Coyote Man Thankas' at 'Blue Agave Gallery', Santa Barbara

Various Performances with "Zen Horse Repair', Santa Barbara

Part of Silent Auction 'Save Benefit' (Tsunami Relief), Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles

Participation in the annual Santa Barbara Poetry Festival: 'Ten Poets Reading Poetry of Celebration' at the 'Contemporary Arts Forum', Santa Barbara

Drawings from the newly released book "Everything Be Ok" at 'Art Resources Gallery', Santa Barbara - sponsored by Off-Axis 2006 CAF

Part of Show Healing: A Cultural Exploration at The Craft and Folk Art Museum. Los Angeles

Show at Galerie Charlotte Norberg in Paris, France, Curator: M-C Janos

Grant recipient from William T. Colville Foundation for exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Songs

Neal Crosbie at Winston/Nogai Gallery. 13th Street, Santa Monica. CA.
Hello Starry Sky. Drawings and Paintings.

Lymn Galleries: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle Galleries. Exhibition of Paintings
Represented in the "Salon du dessin" , "Drawing Now", Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris France

Berman's Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Galerie Janos, Paris, France


1st place in the silent cartoon category of 'The Sun Francisco Bay Guardian', San Francisco

2nd place in the silent cartoon category of 'The San Francisco Bay Guardian', San Francisco

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