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

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

…at cafes, public spaces and similar venues

Where Have All The People Gone 2? // Walnut Creek Community Center 2018

Mayor Tom Butt selects Richmond’s New Logo x NIAD Art Center // Richmond Mayor’s Office Suite 2018

Hanging On a Thread: Fiber Art From NIAD Art Center // Contra Costa County McBrien Administrative Building Martinez 2017

Deatra Colbert // Yali’s Cafe Stanley Hall Berkeley 2017

We’re Here // organized by Peter Cavagnaro Yali’s Café Oxford Street Berkeley 2016

The Wild Ones // Women’s Cancer Resource Center Oakland 2014

Breaking Barriers // organized by Patricia Watts Marin Community Foundation, Novato 2013