Darryl Sivad’s painterly abstract “portraits of architecture” were derived from his aesthetic appreciation for walls as art. Sivad’s unique vision reveals character in the cracks and beauty in the textures of often-overlooked structures in our everyday lives. He photographs these walls and entitles them after the streets where they are found. The mixture of decaying paint, energy of color, and distinctive markings create the canvas for Sivad’s Wall Street Series.
Sivad’s mom gave him the gift of a Leica CL in the early 70s. Within a few years, encouraged by Richard Avedon’s interest in his photography Sivad relocated to NYC and eventually opened Northlight Studio. Working for advertising and editorial clients he produced fashion, beauty, editorial, and portrait photography.
He has exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, McMullen Museum of Art, California African American Museum, and a host of others. Sivad’s images toured with the historic Smithsonian Institute’s Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to Present. Permanent collections include the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of the African Diaspora.
When Sivad steps in front of the camera most will recognize this versatile artist from his film and television roles starring alongside Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Jamie Foxx, Charlie Sheen, Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen among others.
A Detroit native, Sivad now resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and son.