Raised on Chicago’s south side, Zeph Farmby started writing graffiti as a teenager in the early 1990s. While attending Percy L. Julian High School, he took four years of advanced art classes; cramming in as much art exposure and education as he could. During his high school years, Zeph entered countless art competitions; always winning the top award. His passion was evident. Zeph started his freelance art career long before he knew it was his true calling. At 16, he was creating logos and murals for small local businesses and had picked up some independent studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. By the time high school was over, Zeph had a list of clients that would create envy in most entrepreneurs older than him.
During his studies at the American Academy of Art, Zeph enhanced his knowledge by deepening his understanding of art history and adding to his skill set with acrylic and oil paintings, graphic design, and Illustration. However, Zeph never turned his back on his original love for Hip-Hop and continued to practice his graffiti skills in more formal art environments. It was here that Zeph hoped he’d land in the field of his dreams-creating illustrations for mainstream magazines. Prior to graduating from The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Zeph was commissioned for largescale projects for companies in the area. He would continue to create illustrations for local magazines and graphic designs for t-shirts and other promotional materials. This would become a new phenomenon for Zeph.
He continues to have a long scorecard of A-list clients who commission him for illustration and design work. Today, you can see these pieces featured in major motion films and TV shows. But, it wasn’t all glitz and glam in the beginning. After graduating with a Degree in Fine and Commercial Arts, Zeph sold T-shirts to friends and inner city boutiques. Eventually, his designs, original paintings, and graffiti work made to large retail stores, hair salons, and shops. The B.E.T. television series, “Rap City The Basement”, was one of the first shows to broadcast his work nationwide.
Continuing minor success through different freelance projects, Zeph never cleaned off his paint palette or put away his paintbrushes. Friends, family, and clients would continue to admire Zeph’s artistic abilities and commission him for paintings. Zeph would commence to brand his style and shortly thereafter constructed a company based on his talent, “I Amaze Eyez”. I-Amaze-Eyez provides an umbrella for Zeph’s various areas of expertise. Well-known art galleries all over the world have become a new wave for showcasing his passion and vision, while early works of his graffiti style continue to show up in recent pieces.
Most recently, Zeph’s art was displayed during the “Black Creativity” Art Exhibit held at the world-renowned Museum Of Science And Industry in Chicago, IL. His original works are for sale and can be found in museums, art galleries and boutiques across the United States, Canada, France, and online. Today, between his busy travel schedule and demanding clients, Zeph enjoys mentoring and coaching young artists in his home town.
Zeph is currently working in the studio in the Greater New York City area.