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Braldt Bralds Biography
Some of Bralds’ most beloved works are his fanciful renditions of cats with their humorous, human-like traits. There’s mystery behind a cat’s eyes in the divinely inspired art of Braldt Bralds. Masterfully creating art that is “of this world, but not in this world,” is his unique artistic talent in paintings that range from realistic, humorous portrayals of cats, to contemplative and detailed still lifes. Born in the Netherlands into an art-loving culture, Braldt Bralds was very influenced by the works of Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. He first learned about illustration art from magazine advertisements while still a young child, and from that moment, his course was set. At twelve, he began attending the Grafische School in Rotterdam, where he was instructed in graphic arts and the printing trade. Aside from this formal training, Braldt is primarily self-taught. Once out of school, Braldt became a successful illustrator in Holland. In 1978, on his first day’s visit to New York, he was commissioned to paint a cover for Time Magazine. Since then Braldt’s career has been one success after another. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Washington Post, Playboy, Der Spiegel, Omni, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly and National Geographic. Braldt has illustrated book covers for publishers around the world, including M. Zimmer Braldley’s Mists of Avalon. Advertising campaigns include Levi-Strauss, Grand Marnier, Alfa Romeo, Pirelli, IBM, Celestial Seasonings and Crabtree & Evelyn. He has designed stamp sets for the United Nations’ and the United States Postal Service. In 1989, Braldt received the Clio award for Best Illustration. He has earned numerous gold and silver medals from art director clubs around the country, including the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 1993, the International Advisory Board of the Art Institute International established a “Braldt Bralds Illustration Scholarship.” Braldt taught at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and has lectured and conducted workshops in cities throughout the world. In 1997, the Dutch Society of Illustrators inducted him into the Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievement in the field of international illustration. As his illustration career flourished, Braldt continued to develop his fine art. In 1998, he began a body of work, portrayals of exquisitely detailed stones, which debuted in a one-man show, “Stone Lifes,” at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2003, he joined the 707 Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe and was given a solo show, “Souvenirs,” in August, 2004. Newer work includes collaboration with ceramic artist Heidi Loewen. After Ms. Loewen constructs, low-fires, then smoke-finishes large, shallow porcelain vessels, Braldt paints trompe l’oeil effects on their surfaces. In 2004 Braldt joined the Andreeva Portraits Gallery in Santa Fe and the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Andreeva Gallery begins its painting academy in 2005, where Braldt will be conducting a painting workshop in the spring. He was also included in Andreeva Gallery’s trompe l’oeil group exhibit in December, 2004. In November 2004, Braldt was the guest of honor and featured artist for an exhibition produced by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine. “Die Kunst des Der Spiegel”, a compilation of their cover art from the last 50 years, tours cities in Europe and eventually reaches New York in 2006. Braldt’s work was included in the Arcadia Gallery’s group exhibit at the Miami Art Fair in January, 2005, and in the spring he will be in Arcadia’s small works show at their Soho gallery in New York. Most recently Braldt has joined the Turner Carroll Gallery, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.