Barbie Brady is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Born Barbara Jean Solinski into the middle class on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, she learned early to be resourceful and imaginative. She studied art at Indiana University of PA (IUP) from 1990 – 1994 under the mentorship of Dr. James Nestor, sculptor and local instigator. Dr. Nestor taught Brady that passion for art was a lifestyle. She went on to receive her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996 at the suggestion of Heidi Fasnacht, a NYC artist that Brady coerced into coming to IUP to do give a talk. Brady literally drove to NY, slept on Fasnacht’s studio floor, and drove her 6 hours to Indiana PA and back just to make it happen. Fasnacht later recommended her for the graduate program at UNC. Although Brady got accepted to Cranbrook, Parsons and the Maryland Art Institute, she settled on Chapel Hill since it was the most generous and experiential offering.
Upon graduation Brady moved to Los Angeles to pursue art, music and the entertainment industry. A consummate organizer, she found she had a natural inclination for project management. Her day jobs included working with various musical artists, actors, and visual artists in various capacities (production, endorsements, marketing, social media.) In 2003 she married graphic designer, Matthew Brady and got the best name she could have hoped for…Barbie Brady.
Brady’s art is autobiographical in nature but tends to focus on personal and feminist issues. Fond of repetitive processes, she is inclined to spend 3 months hand-hooking a rug, or using 150 ft of shredded nylon rope in one sculpture. Brady plays with texture and innuendo, symbolism and language to create some of her most successful pieces. Her nostalgia for objects allows her to paint still life portraits of things, layering meaning and emotion onto the inanimate.