Bren Bataclan has been professionally creating art since the fall of 2003. He currently works from a studio in the South End of Boston. Prior to painting full-time, Bren taught computer graphics and design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Boston Museum School. He also worked in a design think tank lab in Boston and was involved in the computer animation industry in California. Bren received his undergraduate degree in design from UCLA, Summa Cum Laude, and his graduate degree in computer animation from the Ohio State University.
Bren was born in Manila in the Philippines. He came to the US when he was 12 years old and grew up in Daly City, CA outside of San Francisco. It was here that Bren was exposed to street art. This exposure influenced Bren’s technique for spreading his core message of kindness, creativity and connection, all of which are embodied in his passion project, “The Smile Movement.” The Smile Movement is dedicated to spreading kindness and connecting people of diverse cultures and backgrounds through the serendipity of art.
Bren strives to incorporate humor and compassion into his creations while employing a minimalist artistic style. His goal is to create the greatest personality with the fewest details. His childhood in the Philippines helped shape the characters he paints today. The color scheme he uses–vibrant and festive–is based on what he used to see when he was a child in Manila. Bren is inspired by museums and galleries as well as anime from the 70s. Anime has strongly influenced Bren’s work, and has even affected his signature look—characters with one small eye and one larger one. Through art, he wishes to share joy while encouraging others to spread happiness and kindness.
To learn more about Bren, visit his website HERE
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