Interject Beauty

Alumni Gallery
drawing of a flapper girl with headband

The Alumni Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to host an exhibition of work by alumnus Buddy Bravo’s exhibition, Interject Beauty. The exhibition will run from August 24 – November 16. An opening reception will be held September 3 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The Exhibition:
As a musician and artist, it is easy to see where these two worlds collide in my artwork. As a full time graphic designer, precision and accuracy is important. As a musician, expression and movement are also key.

Stylistically, in my work I aim to balance elements of art deco with contemporary techniques. Before computers, graphic designers were skilled artisans who hand crafted letters, forms and perfectly straight lines. It is in this practice of hand-craft that I aim to keep alive in my work.

Much of my work is inspired by poster-work of the 1920’s-1950’s. These advertisements often sold a luxurious lifestyle of operas, piano recitals, and ball room dancing. In my series, “One Positive Thing” I have re-appropriated this style to sell something that actually costs nothing: optimism. These posters are advertisements where the product for sell is not a product, but an attitude. Through my artwork, both the series and the individual pieces, I explore how these styles can be updated, modernized and made contemporary again.

About the Artist:
As a child, the only thing Buddy Bravo wanted was to draw. Every Christmas the list was the same: markers, paints, and pencils. It wasn’t until high school that art became an option for a career. It was a few years after high school that Bravo moved to Denver to pursue creative endeavors. In 2013, Bravo’s artwork was selected to be installed permanently along the Westbound Light Rail Train in Lakewood. That same year, he was awarded the Governor’s Choice Award by Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy.

Buddy Bravo graduated with a major in Graphic Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in 2013. For more information please visit buddbravo.com.

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