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."
Throughout the course of humanity art has been used to inform civilizations, functioning as a powerful tool able to inform illiterate societies and express the problems and spirit of the times in which they were created with great success. In the post television and cinema world painting has taken a backseat and has been given more of a decorative function in contemporary culture. And its original function as an informer of civilizations seems to often be looked at as a bunk, outdated approach. for the past 50 years the mainstream art world has preferred non representational art over narrativity(the ability for the viewer to read the story through the picture without needing to read an essay first). With this in mind I pick up my paintbrushes with hopes that my art can serve as a vehicle for inspiration, consolation and peace for the viewer, in the way paintings of the past once did.
I find the slow process of making a painting in itself is a meditation so I choose subjects for my work that I want to contemplate with the goal of finding a deeper understanding. Whether its within the costume of death personified, the universal emotion of heartache or the color and textures of my beloved Mexico, the paintings serve as everything from visual affirmations of life’s joys and sorrows, to love letters to Mexico, to homages to historical events.