Timothy Curtis (b. 1982, Philadelphia, PA) is a self-taught artist who began his career at the age of nine in the West Philadelphia graffiti scene. In 2008, Curtis was incarcerated and spent seven years studying art history and creating portraits of his fellow inmates. Over the course of his sentence, Curtis began to develop a style indebted to his past in graffiti. The day after his release in 2015, Curtis was included in a group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, jump-starting his career as a studio artist.
In 2017, Takashi Murakami curated Curtis’s first solo exhibition for Kaikai Kiki’s Hidari Zingaro gallery in Tokyo. Since then, Curtis has been featured in exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York (2021); Arndt Art Agency, Berlin (2020); and albertz benda, New York (2020), among others. Curtis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Curtis’s drawings are featured in Between The Lines: An RxART Coloring Book by Contemporary Artists – Volume 8. Click here to download and color his spread.