Darrell Urban Black was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. In June 1969, as America fulfilled J. F. Kennedy’s dream to put the American Stars and Stripes into the dusty surface of the moon, his fascination with spaceships grew. As a child, he made spaceship models, eventually placing his artistic visions on paper, resulting in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships eventually carried Darrell to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors.
In 1982, he joined the National Guard. During this time, his previous drawings were lost – but not his passion. In 1988, he joined the army and served another four years. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Science of Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. In April 2001, Darrell was nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for his artwork titled “The Invasion” in the exhibition “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement,” shown between May and July 30, 2000, in the Frankfurt International Airport . Another piece referenced in the nomination letter, was titled “The Cosmic Linen,” executed with a unique glue and acrylic on linen technique. The image was described as “universally appealing and representing a topic which concerns all of us – the universe.” Darrell has had many local, national and international group art exhibitions. He has artwork permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums and other institutions in America and Germany. His artwork has been displayed in Veteran Art Shows, including one at Intel® Corporation in 2014.
Darrell lives in Frankfurt, Germany and continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams. He’s a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP).