Who is Bruno Andrade?
Andrade was a widely recognized and distinguished American artist. While firmly grounded in his Chicanx heritage, Andrade's art is most recognized by its profound sense of place. Inspired by nature, he painted from memory of his nature studies and from his own interior vision. He was a self prescribed, abstract-colorist, a sophisticated painter who studied art history as much as the nature around him.
He was also a teacher to other artists! During his time at Texas A&M Corpus Christi he was a dedicated, thoughtful, and supportive teacher, working with students to achieve their full potential in the arts. Many of his students received full scholarships to receive their Masters of Fine Arts degrees at major institutions under his guidance.
He owned a gallery in New York City and sold his art to many galleries and collectors and has had many solo and group exhibits across the United States.
Bruno was proud to be Mexican American; influenced both by his contemporaries in the Chicano Movement and the American Modern Art Movement. Although he was driven by a sense of entrepreneurship with his art, he did not like the fast pace, urban life of New York City, where he had a successful art gallery. He always longed for the nature he left behind in South Texas.
Throughout his 30 years of teaching in Corpus Christi he was able to do his 3 favorite things: paint, teach, and golf.
“I feel that I must come to nature, and not let my art get in the way…. Nature is a living force that projects so many feelings in me.... My interaction with the Corpus Christi environment provokes a dialogue with nature that allows its spirit to pass through to the art.”
Andrade was aware that Corpus Christi is the heart of the natural environment, dominating South Texas, which flourishes as a large expanse of untamed wilderness.
For many residents, Corpus Christi truly is paradise. It supports a wide variety of plants, such as the palm tree, live oak, black willow, orange, lemon, yaupon holly, blue bonnets, roses, and birds of paradise that grow wild throughout the region. Butterflies, like monarchs, and bees are attracted to the array of flowering plants.
“I discovered the coastal light of Corpus Christi. The light creates colors that excite my emotions. This landscape places me in a realm of tranquil beauty. My mind is poetically and spiritually opened.” - Bruno Andrade
Andrade’s still lifes appear to be simple pictures of flowers in a vase, but he is using color theory to evoke a contemplative mood or feeling. Flowers especially symbolize the eternal regenerative power of nature. His paintings reflect the psychology and spirituality of the artist: happy and content with his creative life in the coast of South Texas.
Different flowers have different meanings, and Bruno’s favorite- the rose he usually portrayed in pink or red tones. He painted a painting with a black rose, when his mother passed away.
Bruno would often relate similarities between painting and golfing in terms of practice, patience, practice, and patience.