In 1959, Kiki Farish was born in Jacksonville, FL. She started grade school wearing a metal ID tag due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Terror was potentially fifteen minutes away. Life gets in the way of fear. The youngest of four siblings, she draws on family—including, now, grandsons—as a source of inspiration. Her paintings are emotive, conjuring moments of clarity amid the ambiguity of grays.
A 2014-2015 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient, Farish has also received a Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY; a New York Mills Artist Residency, New York Mills, MN; and two Penland Winter Residencies, Penland, NC. Her work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Contemporary Museum of Art (Winston-Salem), Artspace (Raleigh), and Green Hill (Greensboro). She received an MFA from East Carolina University (Greenville) in painting and drawing and often serves as an art professor at Meredith College (Raleigh). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum, the Raleigh and Rocky Mount Municipal Art Collections, and Fidelity Investments.