Brian Petro’s work represents his wandering—and wondering—mind. He credits his style to the dichotomy between his supportive, rural, Central-Pennsylvanian upbringing and the brutal independence of urban life. Global travel and urban exploration fuel his search for images, ideas, and processes.
Educated in sports medicine, Brian practiced for six years only to discover that creating artwork was his true passion. Although even as a child he had always created artworks, it wasn’t until several years into his “desk job” that he began to re-educate himself in the materials, methods, and processes of art creation. His self-education continues through personal interaction and experimentation with materials and direct observation of artwork in public and private collections. Brian has no formal training in the arts: he is completely self-taught. Encouraged by some initial sales, Brian decided to take a chance, leave his job, and follow this passion. The gamble has paid off. This year, Brian celebrates his 16th year of creating artwork professionally.
Brian is represented by galleries in New York, NY; Hawaii; Philadelphia, PA; New Orleans, LA; Washington, DC; and Rehoboth Beach, DE. His work is also on display in venues in Brazil, England, Italy, and Spain. Past commercial clients include Absolut Vodka (who commissioned Brian to design the Absolut Dupont Circle advertisement), The Ritz Carlton Hotels, Saks Fifth Avenue, IBM (an 8-foot-by-20-foot mural), and The Library of Congress. Brian has been published in regional and national news magazines and newspapers, and he and his work have been featured on several television shows including HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Showhouse Showdown. Within the last month, Brian was commissioned by Absolut Vodka again to design a 5-foot tall bottle for their use in any advertising campaign they choose. (This may be considered the “Absolut Petro” bottle!)