Ross Brodar

Influenced by his urban landscape, Ross Brodar’s early work can be found on scrap pieces of wood or metal. Some of his best work is painted onto doors that he found on the street near his studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Over the years he has painted more and more tribal faces and figures on traditional canvases using acrylic paint. However, his crude character still stands out with bold colors and thick strong brush strokes that can be seen from across the room. Every painting is truly raw. Owing nothing to tradition or trends, Ross’s work may be confrontational at first, but must be perceived from outside the boundaries of traditional art.
Ross Brodar grew up as a defiant teen on Long Island, NY and spent several years in a therapeutic facility where he discovered painting. Always in tune with his rebellious nature, Ross Brodar spent a decade stationed on the street outside of the Outsider Art Fair, protesting their insider exclusiveness. He often sold more work than the artists found inside the fair. Then, a breakthrough: Amsterdam-based Olof Gallery picked up Ross in 2008 and represented him in the Fair for the next four years during which time he sold thousands of dollars worth of work.

“A Ross is a Ross is a Ross
objects can be the subject
and colors can be black and white
animate and inanimate objects
are subjected to each other
they become lovers in twin beds
reaching for the organelles of camaraderie
one moment reaching for the next
the earth reaching for the sky
the shortest distance between yes and no
is coming straight to the point
vision is a two way street
looking out for oneself on the inside
and looking in to oneself for a way out”
Phil Demise Smith

Ross Brodar