Leah Pantéa (llpfineart.com) was born in Littleton, Colorado and was raised into a family of technical minds. Despite these initial influences, Leah gravitated towards the arts. She went on to earn her B.A. in Fine Arts from Central Washington University, where she studied under the accomplished painter Maya Chachava. Although initially drawn to figurative art, Leah evolved to find her passion in expressive abstract paintings. Leah continues to explore ways that color and form can express time and emotion where she currently lives and works in sunny San Diego, California.
We were drawn to Leah's stark lines, evocative use of color, and obvious grasp of scientific concepts which often plays out in the geometries of her pieces. In her phage art, Leah represents these viruses in a way that lets the viewer see them as the beautiful and organic organisms they are.
Ben Darby (www.darbyarts.com) is a Southern California native who left the sunshine to study art in Seattle, Washington. He earned his B.F.A. in art at Cornish Colleges of the arts. Ben is a prolific painter, producing satirical works that are whimsical with intricately detailed and textured surfaces. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He now currently lives in San Diego, California.
In Ben's work, we see the weirdly beautiful way phages are structured and exist in their environments. His detailed hand has brought to life the symmetry and form of these viruses.