Born in 1989, ‘Cody TheCreative’ grew up in suburban New York, and started drawing at two years old. For most of his early childhood, he rarely put his pencil down. Among his earliest endeavors, he paused VHS tapes to draw his favorite characters, as well as those appearing on album covers and baseball cards. At just eight years old, he had a solo exhibition in Greenburgh, NY titled, Heroes and Icons.
For most, the need to fit in is defining. Cody, however, was simply not interested in being defined. Free to define himself, he spent the majority of his preadolescent and adolescent years exploring the boundaries of his own individuality. While this initially took him off the art wagon, the stars realigned while finishing a Creative Writing degree at SUNY Purchase. He took a life-drawing course with noted visual arts professor, Roger Hendricks, as an elective, assuming it would be a simple way to earn an ‘A’ and complete his degree. The next thing he knew, he became the teacher's assistant (for no credit!). Things really got interesting while taking a summer class with landscape artist, Todd J. Gordon, who provided Cody the tools to explore nature as a subject. Up until that time, Cody had only drawn people. This exploration of art through nature (or nature through art) was a revelation, and has become one of Cody's favorite creative endeavors.
In his late twenties, a desire to communicate on a visceral level sparked a relationship with abstract expressionism giving him not only new techniques, but an entirely new vocabulary to learn and explore. By the time the pandemic hit, four years later, he was primed for a creative breakthrough.
Cody's approach to every new technique/medium/vocabulary is to gain sufficient control so that he can rapidly begin exploring the boundaries once again. This routine of conforming only as long as it takes for him to understand the rules so that he can confidently break them has become the process he returns to over and over as he adds new media and explores new visions.
This method and the freedom to be different has lead to the creation of a variety of projects including some large bodies of work such as: Just an Easel and a Dream (pastel work); PennyPopArt (acrylic on copper); Cody's Wearable Art (hand-painted clothing & sneakers); Splattered Skies (acrylic on canvas).
*Being featured in multiple commercials on MSG Networks for creating New York Rangers themed artwork, 2018-present
*Being juried into the Pastel Society of America, 2019-present
*Conceptualizing and executing the environmental design of Bountiful Farms dispensary in Natick, MA, 2021
*Being invited to exhibit at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles, 2021
*Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach, 2022
*Celebrating the Getty Center’s 25th Anniversary with LoveKey Movement, 2022
*Being juried into the Brand Library’s 50th Anniversary Works on Paper Exhibition, 2022
*Being juried into the Beverly Hills Art Show, 2022
*Becoming a Florence Biennale approved artist, 2023
*Traveling to Kenya to produce, capture, and edit a Hope/LoveKey fundraising video, 2023
*Cody's Famous Faces Collection, sixty plus charcoal portraits each handed to their respective subjects, such as Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, and Rihanna.
*Codys Pastels, an ever expanding collection of Impressionist pastel drawings done en plein air which he refers to as “Just an Easel and a Dream.”
*Penny Pop Art, hundreds of tiny paintings of pop icons painted on pennies.
*LoveKey Movement, spreading the message that Love Is the Key with red keys that say "Love" on them called, LoveKeys.
*Cody's Wearable Art, everything from jackets to clothing and apparel with an emphasis on splatter sneakers.
*Splattered Skies, electric skies painted above calm and peaceful scenes – the fusion of the tranquility found in his pastel work, and the explosive energy found in his splatter work, but on one canvas.