Rod Ivey, born in Manhattan in 1950 and raised in the Bronx, has lived in New York all his life. His early artistic influences were his father, Dwellie Ivey, who studied at the Art Students League while Rod was a toddler, and MAD Magazine cartoonist Jack Davis. He started using watercolor while at Howard University with Lois Mailou Jones as his professor and oils at the City College of New York under Charles Alston while attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
In the ’70s, while working as a display person for Macy’s and graphic artist for IBM, he created Gateway Designs, which produced and distributed his greeting cards, and was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine. While a resident artist for the off-off Broadway theater companies of Rosetta LeNoire’s Amas; Vy Higginsen’s Reach Productions; the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop; Vivian Robinson’s AUDELCO; and as assistant publisher of Black Mask Magazine, he developed posters, graphic identity and logo designs for theater showcases before their Broadway debuts. These showcases included “It’s So Nice to be Civilized,” "Inacent Black" and "Mama, I Want To Sing."
In 1980, he married visual artist Jennifer Ivey. Today, they exhibit together and as members of the Long Island Black Artists and Blacker than Thou/Cross Culture. They have two sons and currently reside in Hollis, Queens.
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