Hebru Brantley draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring.
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. Spray paint is often at the forefront of these mixed-media illustrations, working in part to de-contextualize the levity of cartoon imagery, and bring a critical edge into the white cube. Often highlighting injustices and social issues in his narratives, Hebru's playful aesthetic also explores the optimism and possibilities of youth.
Recognized internationally, Hebru has exhibited widely and has received commissions from important collectors for large scale works around the world. He has collaborated with Adidas, Nike, Redbull and Skyy Vodka, among others, and has roster of clients including Jay-Z, LeBron James, Lupe Fiasco, Tyra Banks and Swizz Beats. His work has been featured in Ebony, Jet, New York Post, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Reader. In 2013 he was chosen as "Breakout Artist" by New City and as a featured artist for Chicago Artist Month.
Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University, and has a background in design and media illustration.