In 1959, Kiki Farish was born in Jacksonville, FL. She started grade school wearing a metal ID tag due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The youngest of four siblings, she draws on familyincluding, now, grandsonsas a source of inspiration. Her drawings are emotive, conjuring moments of clarity amid the ambiguity of grays. Please watch this video artist statement produced by the City of Raleigh, NC - Block Gallery Artist Series
A 2014-2015 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient, Farish has also received a Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY; a New York Mills Artist Residency, New York Mills, MN; and a Penland Winter Residency, Penland, NC. Her work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Contemporary Museum of Art (Winston-Salem), Artspace (Raleigh), and Green Hill (Greensboro). She received an MFA from East Carolina University (Greenville) in painting and drawing and often serves as an art professor at Meredith College (Raleigh). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum, the Raleigh and Rocky Mount Municipal Art Collections, and Fidelity Investments. She has a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh, NC.