Hebru Brantley creates narrative driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters. Brantley utilizes these iconic characters to address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power and hope. The color palettes, pop-art motifs and characters themselves create accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted ideas. Majorly influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic, watercolor and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea. Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist. His work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze. Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows in Chicago, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in London, 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 Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, The Pritzker Family and power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. 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


2017    Eat Crap King I Vertical Gallery I Chicago, IL

2016   Theories Of The Lowend I Solo Exhibition I Miami Art Basel

2016  I Wish I Knew (What It Felt Like To Be Free) | August Wilson Center | Pittsburgh, PA

2015  Memoirs Of The Minimum Wage | Vertical Gallery | Chicago, IL

2014  And All I Got Was Sunshine | Frank Pages Galerie | Geneva, Switzerland 

2014  Parade Day Rain | Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, IL.

2014  Everyone’s Everything | Mead Carney Gallery | London, EN

2013  What The Traveler Saw | White Walls Gallery | San Francisco, CA 

2013  Downtown 88 | Ultra Gallery | Chicago, IL.

2013  Hebru Brantley | Toys For Boys Miami | Miami, FL 

2013  Penny Candy | Loews Atlanta Hotel | Atlanta, GA 

2012  Brothers Of The Robbing Hood | Ultra Gallery | Chicago, IL 

2012  Trapped In What I Made Believe | Kasia Kay Art Projects | Chicago, IL 

2012  artMRKT San Francisco | Tim Yarger Fine Art | Los Angeles, CA 

2011  Yesterday’s Losers | Ultra Gallery | Chicago, IL

2011  Afro-Futurism: Impossible View | Zhou B. Gallery | Chicago, IL 

2010  Common Ground | Elephant Room Gallery | Chicago, IL 

2010  Wait A Cotton Pick’n Minute | Lyons Wier Gallery | New York, NY 

2010  Six Degrees From Center | C33 Gallery | Chicago, IL

2010  SELF | 33 Collective | Chicago, IL

2010  Whup Yo Kids | Silver Room Gallery | Chicago, IL

2010  Lions Disguised as Lambs | Punctuation Gallery | Seattle, WA 

2009  Fade Resistant | Three Peas Art Lounge | Chicago, IL 

2009  Zhou B. Gallery/ 33 Collective | Chicago, IL 

2008  A Place To Lay My Head | Artistic Genius | Chicago, IL 

2007  Next Black Masters | Hennessy Collection | New York, NY 

2007  Scion Group Show | Heaven Gallery | Chicago, IL

2007  Pod Majersky Collection | Chicago IL

2007  Nevermore | Leaders1354 | Chicago, IL



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