Darin Darby was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is a self-taught visual artist. He began by drawing comic book characters with pencils. In his early twenties he expanded his art to include colored pencils, charcoal, pastels and acrylic paint. In 2014 he created a new art technique which he trademarked Laypuzzim® (layered puzzled image). Laypuzzim® art is created by cutting textured card stock paper, mat board, or wood. Each individual color of the artwork is cut out by hand, layered, and puzzled together to create an image using negative space. His artwork has been included in exhibitions at several galleries throughout Metro-Detroit, Ohio, Chicago and Kentucky. He also has five pieces of art in Henry Ford Hospital’s permanent art collection in Jackson, MI.
Most of Darin’s current artwork is inspired by biblical themes, thought provoking messages and uncredited historical black figures. He is passionate about creating artwork that has a message and sparks meaningful conversations. He continues to reinvent himself by experimenting with different materials and textiles. Darin is excited about his future as an artist as he continues to create his Laypuzzim® artwork technique.