Brandon Maldonado was born in Denver, Colorado in 1980. When he was 6 years old his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where the artist grew up. The culturally rich environment made a lasting impact on Maldonado's work which often explores themes associate with Mexican culture. Though primarily a self taught artist, he holds a bachelors degree from the College of Santa Fe in Humanities with an emphasis on Philosophy & Religion. Brandon has been creating Dia de los Muertos themed images for over a decade and a half. His image "Our Lady of Merciful Fate" was featured on the album cover of the platinum selling Zac Brown Band's 2012 number #1 Billboard charting, grammy winning release "Uncaged."
The visual language of art has the ability to communicate beyond the confines of spoken language. I believe this quality is the essence of visual arts and is the medium’s greatest strength. Throughout the course of humanity art has been used to inform civilizations, functioning as a powerful propaganda tool with great success. With this in mind I pick up my paintbrushes and attempt to use art as a vehicle for inspiring contemplation. American artist Jackson Pollock stated, “Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.” The process of making a painting in itself is a meditation for me. I discriminately choose the themes of my work, making certain that each concept is ultimately something I believe is worth saying and contemplating. These are often associated with the many aspects of human experience, from life’s joys, sorrows and struggles, to the mysteries of our mortal existence. As I meditate on these concepts through the process of painting I strive to understand them and in return, bring that understanding into my life with the intention of making myself a better individual. My goal as an artist is for my work to direct the viewer beyond the technical aspects of the imagery and toward a more profound, emotional and metaphysical experience of the concepts to which the images are merely references. I hope that the end products which you see here may serve as visual affirmations of these concepts to all who view my works.