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John Brosio  Pasadena, CA

Oil on canvas
Oil on canvas

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About John

John Brosio was born in Pasadena, California and received a BFA from University of California at Davis. Prior to that he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

The tornado in his work represents a perfect blend of mythology and science. He find it easy to imagine it being alive and unpredictable, to view it as a god or agent thereof. One sees this mile high banshee choosing certain targets and skipping others like a jittery reaper.

Being witness to the birth, entire life, death, and interim behavior of a tornado was for Brosio witnessing a creature greater than human and hearing the footfall of a giant. And akin to a human, after all the wonder and speculation, it is returned to a mass of animated dust.

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Michael Ruple

Director, Arcadia Contemporary

"John is the only artist from Arcadia Contemporary that I included in this group. He truly is one of kind with his dark surreal style I feel like I am looking in something straight out of a Lars Von Trier film where the mood sucks you right in where you not only feel it but experience it!"

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"love your work.thanks,brian"

"He has to be a watchmen fan"

"Nice Art"


"id be standing like that too"

"This picture gives me a sort of dreading feeling, like things haven't gone quite as he has planned."

"wtf how did it get there?"

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