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 get stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter,” the artist says. “Variety is the spice of life, and for me this applies especially to 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. “I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."
Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications, including Southwest Art magazine’s “21 Under 31” in 2010 and Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2014. To date, Penix's most prestigious honor has been the 2016 Gold Medal Award from Oil Painters of America’s 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Penix currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Penix is represented by Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art (Harbor Springs, MI), Gallery 1261 (Denver), and LePrince Fine Art (Charleston).