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BRANDON KRALIK – ”OPTIMYTHS”
Myths are designed to help us understand ourselves, our society and our relationships to both ourselves and each other. These new figurative paintings by Brandon Kralik, collectively called ”Optimyths”, and which open at Galleri Duerr in Stockholm on August 25th, are representative of the new myth. That is the myth of harmony and hope that we must have in order to survive the situations that we as human beings find ourselves in. We are precariously perched at the edge of the metaphorical canyon and these paintings are here to help guide us, to help us maintain our balance on a daily basis. This is the Power of Painting!
With over 20 years of professional oil painting experience Brandon Kralik has painted a wide variety of motifs and is equally comfortable with portrait, still life and landscape genres. His Mythological Figurative work has come to the attention of art connoisseurs as a fresh view of mans relationship with the world we inhabit.
Since moving to Scandinavia from the United States his work has focused on universal images and myths. His international themes have attracted the interest of various groups, collector’s and organizations. He is especially interested in using his paintings as a means of strengthen-ing the bond between people and the environment, of showing what unites us, what we have in common and by reminding us of our relation to the great mysteries of life.
Brandon Kralik has been drawing and painting his entire life. Born in Virginia in 1966, he has lived in many different states and cities and has travelled extensively. He studied Art at Western State College of Colorado and moved to New York City in 1990 where he first exhibited his work. He began classical training under the guidance of Anthony Panzera, a master in the Italian style of drawing. After college, and after completing an intensive year of independent study in the great museums of Europe, he studied with Dario Campanile, who is famous for his mountain painting that graces the opening to the films made by Paramount Pictures. Brandon then spent 3 years working in the studio of Odd Nerdrum in Norway. He now lives and works primarily at his home and studio in central Sweden but also has a home and studio in Colorado, which has allowed him to build a following among collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. He divides his time between his two studios.
He is a member of Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism.
His work is exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of publisher Eric Rhoads, Austin, Texas, Länsstyrelsen in Jönköping, Sweden, HRH Crown Princess Victoria Bernadotte of Sweden, Prince Daniel Westling of Sweden and the former US Ambassador to Sweden, Mathew Barzun as well as Steven Tyler and Carlos Santana among others.