Derek Penix was born in 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although he grew up watching family members paint, he didn't pursue painting himself until graduating high school. After trying his hand at painting and selling his first piece at a local gallery in Tulsa, Penix knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be limited to painting only one way or only one subject matter,” the artist says. “Variety is what makes life fun. This is especially true for me with painting." Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely,” he says, “and I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life in the way that they have." Other than the two mentorships he found in Ho and Mundy, Penix is self-taught.
The artist has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. In 2010 Penix was chosen for Southwest Art’s “21 Under 31,” and in 2014 he was featured in Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40.” Penix's most notable and recent award is the 2016 Gold Medal from the Oil Painters of America’s 25th National Juried Exhibition. The artist currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in addition to painting, he teaches workshops around the country.
Penix is represented by Eisenhauer Gallery (Edgartown, MA), Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art (Harbor Springs, MI), Gallery 1261 (Denver), and LePrince Fine Art (Charleston).