Darrell Urban Black was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. In June 1969, as America fulfilled J. F. Kennedy’s dream to put the American Stars and Stripes onto the dusty surface of the moon, Darrell became fascinated with spaceships. As a child, he made spaceship models, eventually channeling his artistic visions to drawings on paper. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space where his drawings of phantasmal spaceships eventually led him to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors.
In 1982, Darrell joined the National Guard. In 1988, he joined the army and served another four years. He earned his B.S. in the Science of Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. During this time his drawings were lost – but not his passion for his art. In April 2001, he was nominated by the German government as Candidate of the Year Prize for Promising Young Artists. His work was represented in the exhibit, “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement,” in the summer of 2000, at the Frankfurt International Airport. He has participated in many local, national and international group shows. His artwork is permanently displayed in a number of art galleries and museums in America and Germany, including Veteran Art Shows.
He currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany and is a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP). See DarrellBlack.com for more information.