Deatra Colbert (b. 1964)

 Is there a bigger professional wrestling fan in the world than Deatra Colbert? Probably not. Though Luis Estrada loves wrestling, too.

Deatra shows her fandom of sports entertainment primarily on paper, though she works across numerous media. Her drawings obsessively detail the goings-on of her favorite athlete/actors. Buried within the dense schemata of her works are names, phrases and important dates from various match-ups. And like professional wrestling, Deatra’s works are a lively celebration of the continuing battle between good and evil.

 // Deatra’s available work //


recent exhibition history

Championship Belt // organized by Deatra Colbert and Ann Meade Mule Gallery San Francisco 2019

Hailing From Parts Unknown // organized By Curtis Turner May 2019 

Books, Man // organized by Mike Monteiro NIAD Art Center 2019

Redefining Contemporary Art // organized by Courtney Eldridge Depot Steamboat Springs 2019

Disability Changemakers // (traveling exhibition) San Mateo, San Francisco and San Jose County public libraries 2019

Collective Memory: NIAD // organized by Hannah Mode February 2019

Together // organized by Laurie Reid NIAD Art Center December 2018

Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern California Ceramicists // Curated organized by Susan Alexander and NIAD Art Center Museum of Northern California Art (monca) Chico 2018

Exquisite Corpse: CG x CE x NIAD // NIAD Art Center November 2018

Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space at NIAD // organized By Lexa Walsh NIAD Art Center 2018

The Witnesses // organized by Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker NIAD Art Center 2017

Affinity // organized by Tim Buckwalter Museum of Northern California Art Chico 2017

The Fourth Dimension, organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo // NIAD Art Center 2017

Handbills // NIAD Art Center 2017

Word Play // organized by Kate Klingbeil NIAD Art Center 2017

Transformation // Walt Disney Family Museum San Francisco 2016

Can You Dig It: The Drawings Of Deatra Colbert // NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015

The Wild Bunch // NIAD Art Center 2014

Ebony + Ivory // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2014

Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013

Spring Training // NIAD Art Center 2013 

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