Brantley found his first foray into the art world through murals from the Afro Cobra movement of the 60’s & 70’s lining the walls of the South Side of Chicago. These murals spoke to empowerment of our nation’s youth in a way that was no longer relatable, and Brantley looks to offer the same hope and optimism to the nation’s youth in a more engaging manor.
A keen observer of life, Brantley calls upon his characters to help create different narratives throughout his work. Brantley’s recent focus is to share energetic narratives- moments of reality from his life and the lives of his peers, mixed with fantastical fiction- to create a fragmented environment of make believe. Brantley’s pieces evoke the quintessential combination of nostalgia and inspiration in those who are able to experience his works.
Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows in Chicago, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in London, Switzerland, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope NYC and Frieze London. Brantley has been recognized in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Complex Magazine and NY Post. His work has been collected by many notable collectors. Brantley has collaborated with brands like Nike, Hublot and Adidas. Brantley earned a B.A. in film from Clark Atlanta University, and has a background in design and media illustration.