Les Biller was born in Los Angeles, received his B.A. from the University of Hawaii in 1957 and his MFA from UCLA in 1960. In the 1960s through the 1980s he exhibited regularly in galleries in both Honolulu and Los Angeles. He has had one-artist exhibitions at the Frederick Wight Gallery, UCLA; the Contemporary Art Center in Honolulu; and the Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara. A large survey exhibition of Biller's work, curated by Michael Duncan, was held at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, including a catalogue. He was awarded the Painting Prize in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Annual in 1959 and a Fullbright Grant, affiliated with Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, 1960-62.
In spite of the serious nature of this pursuit Les has been able to remain playful and humorous with his work. It's ironic when an artist can achieve this balance, for Les is serious indeed. He has maintained a studio practice his entire life and is disciplined about getting to work each day. Paintings that may seem effortless may actually be the labor of several years effort. If you look closely, you may discover the layers of under painting that is integral to the integrity of the finished piece. In fact, with some prodding Les is often inspired to tell the "story" of the painting, warts and all. This is a serious artist, so serious that you may find yourself smiling from time to time!