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He studied at the California Institute of the Arts, located at Valencia, California, U.S., earning an MFA in 1997 and a BFA in 1995. He is known for grid-like abstract paintings combining collage with paints.
Bradford's "A Truly Rich Man is One Whose Children Run into His Arms Even When His Hands Are Empty" (2008), nearly 9 feet wide and 9 feet tall, according to Maxwell Heller in The Brooklyn Rail, "calls to mind the charred and shattered windshields of cars burned in riots—black, webbed with streaks of light, sleek. If studied section by section, it offers traces of the artist’s sensual, tactile process, revealing delicate layers of found material sliced and sanded, lacquered and pasted until transformed."
He has exhibited in the Sao Paulo Biennial (2006), Whitney Biennial (2006), Liverpool Biennial (2006), ARCO 2003 in Madrid, In Site at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, USA Today at the Royal Academy in London, Street Level (2007) at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University (2010), Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012). Bradford will participate in the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012).
The Los Angeles Times newspaper insert of "West" magazine featured an eight page article on him, June 11, 2006.
He currently resides in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.
He has won the Bucksbaum Award (2006), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2003), the Nancy Graves Foundation Grant (2002) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Most recently, he was a 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (also called the "MacArthur Genius Award").
2008 Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International
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