Artist Portrait
Lea in her Santa Fe, NM studio.

My magical realist portraits depict a playful engagement with nature in her guise as the eternal feminine. Allegorical figures wear honeycomb garb, butterfly crowns, and caterpillar necklaces. Last summer's leaves are raiment for their decorative pleasure, metaphoric compost for the eye. Mythopoetic headgear is often entomological, hats display life cycles, food sources and sometimes predators as well.

As a child I was entranced by the tiny worlds which flourished in the back yard, realms of bees with their royal families, worm like caterpillars who sprouted fairy wings and took flight, the heroic odysseys of the birds who reappeared in the spring. Immersed in fairy tales and myth I gave these creatures human traits. Years later these early fascinations with narrative, myth and wonderment reappeared in my painting. Delight is sufficient reason to proceed, and so I have.

Although my academic training was steeped in modernism, I've lately studied classical painting. In homage to the masters of the Renaissance I often include references and 'quotes' from their iconic imagery.

New paintings take shape in Bradovich's Santa Fe studio.
Photo by Cynthia Whitney-Ward

Photo by Cynthia Whitney-Ward

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Lea Bradovich

Santa Fe, NM

Born 1955     Chisholm, Minnesota


2015Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM, 2nd Annual New Mexico Painters Exhibition
2014Wheelhouse Art, Santa Fe, NM, Toy Box, group show,
2012Steve Boone Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Face to Face, group show
2002-2012Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Gallery artist
2009Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Figurations 2
2007Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Figurations, Three Person show
2005El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM, Art of Devotion
2000-2003Mackey Gallery, Houston, TX, gallery artist
2000–2002Segreto Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, Journeys: Searching for a Place, Small Treasures, The Shoe Show, Black and White and in Between, Bella Figura, The Print
2001-2002Theaterwork, Santa Fe, NM, Two solo shows, Paintings
1997-2000527 Gallery, Houston, TX, Gallery artist
2000Helix Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, The Elements Show
1999ART Santa Fe International Art Fair, Hotel Santa Fe
1998-2000Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Art With Heart, annual show
1998Karan Rhulen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Madonna, The Modern Matriarch
1997Guadalupe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, New Paintings- two-person show, Eros - group show
1997Theaterwork, Santa Fe, NM, Works on Paper, Solo show
1996Artspace 655, Santa Fe, NM, Beauty Springs Back, Neo-Platonist Painting: A Summer of Beauty. Two-person shows with Kristy Rawson.
1996Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Santa Fe, NM, Portraits from Head to Toe
1996Eidolon, Santa Fe, NM, The Eidolonians, 1994 - Winter’s Eve, Late, LateXXth Century Shrines
1993-1997College of Santa Fe, Monothon Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
1993Anderson and Anderson, Minneapolis, MN, What’s New
1992Elaine Benson, Bridgehampton, NY, New Talent
1992Copeland Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Spring Invitational Show
1991The Museum of Ethnography, Warsaw, Poland, The Meeting of Two Holy Pictures: The Virgin of Guadalupe Meets the Black Madonna
1991Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Angels, Saints and Crosses
1990Beckerman Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Solo show, Paintings
1989New Mexican Repertory Theater, Santa Fe, NM, States of Vision, Two person show
1989College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, Selections ’89
1989Galleria Principal, Altos de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic, Artistas en Residencia, Primavera ’89. And The Artistic Presence in Chavón
1989Rococo Productions, International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany, Young Art
1989La Chapelle de Saint-Jean, Fontenay-Le Fleaury, France, New from the East Village
1989Crime Gallery, 33 Rue de Charonne, Paris, France, New Mythology
1988Busan Citizen Hall Gallery, Busan, Korea, Fourth Busan Biennial International Exhibition
1987Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY, Small Works Show
1986East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, East Hampton, NY, Mirrors: An Exhibitions of Self-Portraits
1984Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn ’84
1984Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY, Invitational Exhibition
1984New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, Art and Ego
1984Provincetown Museum, Provincetown, MA, Invitational Exhibition


Numerous Private Collections
La Familia Medical Center, Santa Fe, NM
College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The Coyote Cafe, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
The Scott Paper Company, Thousand Oaks, CA
The Fetzer Valley Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA
Altos de Chavón Cultural Foundation, La Romana, Dominican Republic


1993Coyote Cafe: Mural Commission; The Four Magical Plants; MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
1993Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center: Three Permanent Murals, Medicinal Plants, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Tucson, AZ,
1993Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, Poster artist
1993Very Special Arts Raspberry Cookbook, University of New Mexico Press, Cover art.
1993New Mexican Arts Division: Artist in Residence (1993-1996)
1989College of Santa Fe: Award of Merit; Selections ’89
1989Altos de Chavón Foundation: Artist in Residence Grant; La Romana, Dominican Republic
1988Yaddo Foundation: Artist in Residence Grant, Saratoga Springs, NY
1988New York Foundation for the Arts; Artist in Residence Program; New York, NY
1985The Jerome Foundation: Funding for Solo Show at W.A.R.M, Minneapolis,MN
1984The Heckscher Museum Award: Huntington, NY


2013Ryder Studio, Drawing and painting from life, Santa FE, NM
2012Studio Escalier, Louvre Program, Paris France
2010Studio Escalier, Argenton Chateau, France. Classical drawing and painting atelier
1983Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY: M.F.A. - Painting
1980Parson’s School of Design, New York, NY
1979Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
1978University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; B.F.A - Painting, Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa


2015Apitalia, Il connubio tra umanita e natura nei ritratti di Lea Bradovich; Barbattini R., Miani G. (English translation)
2015Pure Honey Magazine, Miami Florida, March, cover art and poster. Interview by Andrea Richard
2014Chasing Santa Fe, Lea Bradovich-Into the Realm of Bees and Butterflies, Sept. 15, Cynthia Whitney-Ward
2014Wired Magazine, Art, Science and an Insect Renaissance, Science 07.10.14, Gwen Pearson
2013Santa Fe Monthly Magazine, May, cover art
2012Santa Fe Monthly Magazine, May, cover art
2010Acrylic Innovation: Styles & Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists, North Light Books
2010Santa Fe Literary Review, cover art, Santa Fe Community College
2009Santa Fe Monthly Magazine, May, cover art
2007Sept.-October, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, cover art
2007Feb., Art-Talk: Phoenix, AZ: Cover art and article, “Magical Realism; Hocus Pocus Painting”, Renée Targas
1997Oct. 10, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Elaborate Relationship Between Humanity and the World”; Gussie Fauntleroy
1997Feb. 14, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Eros”; Kathleen McCloud
1996Mar.22, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; ”Seasonal Alchemy”; Kathleen McCloud
1995Nov. 1, THE WEEKLY ALIBI: Albuquerque, NM; “ A Space of Their Own”; Blake De Pastino
1995Sept., THE MAGAZINE: Santa Fe, NM; “Kristy Rawson and Lea Bradovich: A Provisional Alternative”; Christine Hemp
1995Aug 4, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Show Gathers Burning Houses, Pelvic Bones”; Emiliana Sandoval
1994Oct., GOOD HOUSEKEEPING MAGAZINE: “The Very Special Raspberry Cookbook”; Ellen Connelly
1994Sept., THE SANTA FEAN MAGAZINE: “ Innovations in Art Education”; Marylee Thompson
1994Jan. 28, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Miller Takes the Coyote to Las Vegas Casino; Bradovich’s Magical Plants Bloom”; Gussie Faunteroy
1993Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, Poster artist
1993Very Special Arts Raspberry Cookbook, University of New Mexico Press, Cover art
1993Sept 24, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Woodblock Carvings Open Creative Doors for Bradovich,” Lis Bensley
1993Sept 22, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Santa Wine and Chile Fiesta”; Candalora Versace
1993Aug 20, THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL: “Bradovich Works to Benefit Very Special Arts”
1993June 30, THE SANTA FE REPORTER: “Metaphysical Braille”; Dianne Armitage
1993VERY SPECIAL RASPBERRY COOKBOOK: Cover Art; Hand-colored woodblock print, University of New Mexico Press
1992May 17, THE NEW YORK TIMES: “New Artists Invoke Tradition and Start in Own Directions”; Phyllis Braff
1991Dec, ART TALK: Scottsdale, AZ; “Art in Santa Fe”; Suzanne Deats
1991Dec 13, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “Religious Art Finds Haven in Old Santuario”; Barbara Seyda
1990Sept 6, THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL: Universal Topics Define Personal Works,David Bell
1990Jan 12, THE NEW MEXICAN: Santa Fe, NM; “The Search for Mythical Excitement” Simone Ellis
1989April 19, LISTEN DIARIO: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; “Exhibiran Artistas en Residencia”; Santiago Fittipaldi

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