Hebru Brantley

Hebru Brantley is a contemporary American artist best known for his Afro-Futurism approach to anime and graffiti. Working in a distinctly graphic aesthetic, his paintings and sculptures often depict fictional versions of his younger self, as well as pop culture or art historical figures like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. As described in his artist statement, he combines “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.” Born in 1981 in Chicago, IL, Brantley grew up tagging trains and buildings and went on to receive a BA in film from Clark Atlanta University in Georgia. Brantley has shown with Tim Yarger Gallery in Los Angeles and Guy Hepner in New York, and currently lives and works in his hometown of Chicago, IL.

Hebru Brantley's work at Vertical Gallery is a vibrant and compelling exploration of contemporary culture through the lens of Afro-Futurism. His signature characters, inspired by comics and street art, offer a dynamic narrative that challenges traditional perceptions of race, identity, and history. Brantley's use of bold colors and striking compositions creates an immersive experience that captivates viewers and provokes thought. Each piece exudes energy and emotion, making it clear why Brantley is a leading figure in modern art. His unique ability to blend storytelling with visual art is both innovative and impactful, resonating deeply with a diverse audience.