Brad Downey is a Berlin-based, Kentucky-born artist who has made radical and inspiring artworks all across the globe: sculptures, architecture, performances, installations, films, drawings, collages and activism all inspired by the objects and activities of daily life.
With humour, sensitivity, and insight, Downey examines the fabric of our cities and our forgotten margins and disputed borders. In doing so, he weaves new narratives into their chaotic patterns and makes vague the divisions between art and the everyday.
Both a conceptual and a performative artist who is not the least bit concerned about the distinction between high- and lowbrow culture, his work revolves around the role of the individual in the city and its physical or dreamlike construction.
Consistently finding new ways to provoke and explore, Downey is an influential figure among a handful of artists pushing the aesthetic and conceptual dimensions of graffiti and street art into contemporary fine art practice.
Recent projects include a public commission for Södertälje Hospital in Sweden where Downey took six hospital items to six different locations where people had experienced miraculous healing in an attempt to imbue them with the same properties before returning them to the hospital along with the photo documentation. In summer 2019 Downey was the subject of international media attention when he commissioned an amateur sculptor to produce a life-size statue of the US first lady Melania Trump on the outskirts of her hometown Sevnica in Slovenia.