Popular New Mexico Artist Relocates to Denver's Highland Neighborhood

"Overcoming Inertia" artwork by Brandon Maldonado May 19- June 30, 2012

The Portrait of Dona Catrina by Brandon Maldonado
The Portrait of Dona Catrina by Brandon Maldonado
  • The Portrait of Dona Catrina by Brandon Maldonado
    The Portrait of Dona Catrina by Brandon Maldonado
    The Portrait of Dona Catrina by Brandon Maldonado
    The Portrait of Dona Catrina by Brandon Maldonado
  • Mariposalavera by Brandon Maldonado
    Mariposalavera by Brandon Maldonado
    Mariposalavera by Brandon Maldonado
    Mariposalavera by Brandon Maldonado
  • Sleeping With Your Ghost by Brandon Maldonado
    Sleeping With Your Ghost by Brandon Maldonado
    Sleeping With Your Ghost by Brandon Maldonado
    Sleeping With Your Ghost by Brandon Maldonado

Artist Brandon Maldonado may new to Denver, but he certainly is not new to the art world. Relocating last fall from Albuquerque, Brandon has already created a name for himself in New Mexico for his captivating style. His paintings and drawings explore the mystery of death and other raw emotional themes, often employing an elaborate day of the dead style. Art lovers in Denver are sure to take notice of his work for it’s unique approach to familiar cultural imagery and hauntingly passionate depictions of his personal feelings and experiences.

Brandon is pleased to invite members of his new Denver community to an inaugural show entitled “Overcoming Inertia”, May 19-June 30, 2012 at his studio/gallery in the Highland neighborhood of Northwest Denver. The space, which he calls Intersecting Parallels Gallery, is located at 3252 Pecos Street—33rd and Pecos, one half block from the Root Down restaurant. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Saturday, May 19, 4-8 pm. The show can also be viewed Friday-Sunday 11am-7pm, by appointment, or by chance. All original works are for sale along with a selection of prints, t-shirts and other items depicting his work.

Highlights of the show include “The Portrait of Doña Catrina” This framed 64” x 48” oil painting is of a proper lady dressed in Victorian era clothing, holding a parasol and standing on the beach. Her exaggerated facial features are elegantly decorated in “skull” face with mournful, stoic eyes. The colorful “Mariposalavera” is painted with oil and acrylic on aged pages of an old book that have been collaged together to create an original canvas. It has a hopeful feeling of transcendence and birth. In other works he expresses the moving aftermath of a recent relationship.

A self-described “people’s artist” Brandon enjoys being able to relate to others through his art and share the stories that inspired each piece. It is important for him to create prints and merchandise that are affordable and accessible to anyone who appreciates his work. In addition to having solo exhibitions in Santa Fe, Baltimore, Phoenix, New York and Albuquerque he has participated in group shows around the country and abroad including last years Day of the Dead Juried show at Sean Brown’s Studio 12 Gallery. He has created poster art for the multi-platinum selling Zac Brown Band and is currently in negotiations to have his artwork featured on the cover of their next album.

Brandon Maldonado currently resides in Denver, Colorado but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an environment rich in Hispanic arts and culture. As a child, he was introduced to the fantastical realm of Star Wars and the monsters of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which first sparked his artistic imagination. In his teens he turned to graffiti, an influence that still can be seen in his works to this day. Maldonado holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the College of Santa Fe with a focus in Philosophy and world religion. He also holds an associate’s degree in fine art but considers himself to be a primarily self taught artist whose most essential technical development was based on the independent study of the paintings of the old masters including Jan Van Eyck and Dominique Ingres among others.

For more information on Brandon Maldonado visit www.brandonmaldonado.com and watch a video at http://ow.ly/aospK. Or call 505-508-6962.


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