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Artist Mark Bradford Reflects on His Style & His Life | Black Excellence

Coming to adulthood in the 1980s, Mark Bradford thought the AIDS epidemic will also claim his life even though he was not HIV positive. At least that’s what he was told by his doctor because he fit the demographic of those who were dying from the mysterious disease. In order to see as much as he could before it was his turn, Bradford traveled and saw as much as he could. Then he realized that he was still around and will likely continue to be around.

Bradford’s style is a combination of the rush he felt in living his life and the reflectiveness that has overcome him now that he has the time to be reflective.

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“Killing the Goodbye” (2015) by Mark Bradford Credit: Joshua White/JWPicture

His latest piece, a giant, cyclorama (a 360-degree mural) titled “Pickett’s Change” is currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The massive piece is made up of 8 smaller commissions.

CNN recently sat down with the artist for an interview. Watch the full interview here.

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Roman Debotch is a filmmaker, photographer, and co-founder of blackexcellence.com. Through the platform that is Black Excellence, she has been able to marry her passion for story telling with her passion for issues affecting the black community. Roman earned her B.A. in Film and TV Studies and ventured into the world of video production after college. She produced music, corporate, and event videos for years before co-founding BlackExcellence.com. Since then, she has been working as a contributor to the platform as well as continuing her video production business. The very limited time Roman is away from either writing or shooting a video, she can be found hiking or enjoying one of Southern California's beautiful beaches.

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