Originally from Chicago, Ed Brandt received a BA from Lewis University concentrating in both fine art and graphic design. Upon graduation he began a career as a graphic designer, founding his own company five years later, serving clients from various industries nationwide. Throughout this time he continued his studio practice, exhibiting in both group and solo exhibitions. With a passion for education, Ed began teaching for The University of New Mexico’s Department of Continuing Education allowing him to share with others what he has learned by instructing a variety of art, design, and technical courses. Returning to school to pursue a graduate degree in the fine arts, he received an MFA from UNM with a focus in painting and drawing. Ed’s painted abstractions balance reductive formal directness with layered media and materials exploring perceptions of time, place, object, experience, and the many influences of design. He is represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.