Brad Maxfield
Bradlio's body of work directly draws from his upbringing. Growing up skateboarding through the streets of El Paso, TX, he was surrounded by a unique border town sensibility. His work usually contains religious iconography, mainly rooted in Mexican culture, with an urban flair. Although he has been drawing since he can remember, his passion for art exploded after picking up a copy of Photoshop in 1998. Since graduating with honors from UTEP with a graphic design degree in 2004, Bradlio has won several awards and has been featured in Creative Arts Magazine. His unique style blends traditional techniques with computer generated art. A common theme in his work is aging. He often uses materials that look as though they have a history of their own. "When creating a piece, I imagine where it might have traveled and what it has seen through its 'eyes' over time," he says.

Virgen De Guadalupe Artist Statement:

Juarez has been a huge part of my upbringing. It’s so sad that people can’t enjoy such a wonderful and colorful city due to the violence. Unfortunately, I feel the colors of the Mexican flag are currently being misrepresented. The stigmas created by the drug wars are that the green stands for greed, while the white is for the innocents lost, and the red is for the bloodshed. When creating this piece I was torn with trying to convey ‘peace’ but kept resorting to something violent. I finally came up with a solution that shows the violence that is happening, the history of where it’s come from and the hope that still shines bright.

The icon of the “Virgen de Guadalupe” has been around for thousands of years. There has been peace and bloodshed, yet she still remains to be a cornerstone of hope.

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