About

Alaiyo in her studio

Alaiyo Bradshaw is an Artist, Illustrator & Graphic Designer. Her representational skills and use of watercolor have been impressing audiences since she was a young high school student in Detroit, Michigan. Born in London, England, Alaiyo earned a BFA in Illustration, Fine Arts, and Art History at the University of Michigan, an MFA in Visual Journalism at the School of Visual Arts, and pursued graduate studies in Art History and Painting at Pratt Institute.

Alaiyo is currently an assistant professor and Associate Director, First Year Program at Parsons School of Design. She has taught digital and traditional drawing, printmaking, clay building, illustration, and art history. Her current intense curriculum teaches first-year students about drawing, painting, making, and color study using both digital and analog tools and methods.

Alaiyo works as an illustrator for magazines, books, and other publications. Her clients have included McGraw Hill, Amsterdam New, The Jewish Theatre of NY, Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, Inc., PSE&G, 20/20, The New York Times Magazine, Ward’s Communication, Actors Theater Workshop, The Advocate Magazine, and others.

She is also the vice president and signature member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society BWS.


Selected Exhibitions:

2021
“The Washhouse, One Year Later,” Equity Gallery, New York, NY

Brooklyn Watercolor Society at  BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

2020
“Watercolor Expressions,” Gumbo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“How We Evolve,” Art at Minka, Brooklyn, NY

2019
Ephemeral Visions,” Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

“National Juried Exhibition,” First Street Gallery, (Chelsea) New York, NY

“Watercolor Potpourri,” Gumbo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Artisan Market, Fort Green Park, Brooklyn, NY

“Art in Bloom,” Studio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, New York, NY

2018 
“The Spring Floral Show,” DaVinci Artist Supply, New York, NY

“Future Former,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

“Wish You Were Here 17,” A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

“Open House,” (one-person show,) Brooklyn, NY

2017-2018  
Exhibition of community artists, Assemblymember, Rodneyse Bichotte, State Government Office, Brooklyn, NY

2017 
“The Figure,” Mount Kisco Public Library, Mount Kisco, NY

“Flatbush Artists Open Studio Tour,” Brooklyn, NY

“Flatbush Artists Salon Show 2017,” Park Slopes Artist Salon, Brooklyn, NY

“Art Show at the Farmhouse,” (one-person show,) Gilmanton, NH

“Open House,” (one-person show,) Brooklyn, NY

2016  
“Wish You Were Here 15,” A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

2015
“Flatbush Artists Studio Tour,” 11 am-5 pm. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiatbush-Artists-Studio-Tour/309055422518941. See more info in the blog post.

2014
“SVA MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Alumni show,” New York, NY

“Flatbush Artists Studio Tour”, 11 am-5pm. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiatbush-Artists-Studio-Tour/309055422518941. See more info in the blog post.

“Flatbush Artists Salon Show 2014”, Park Slopes Artist Salon, Brooklyn, NY

“Offense and Dissent,” Sheila Johnson Design Center, NY, NY

2013
“A Horse of Course,” Arts Westchester, White Plains, NY

(2 person show) “Art Xtremely,” Showcasing the works of Alaiyo Bradshaw and Mwanza Daily, LT Graphics and Artist Showroom, Detroit, Ml

“Flatbush Artists Salon Show 2013”, Park Slopes Artist Salon, Brooklyn, NY

2012
“Rock of Ages,” Mount Kisco Library, Mount Kisco, NY

“Wish You Were Here 11”, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

“The New Show 2012”,  Parsons Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY

“Flatbush Artists SaIon Show 2012”, Park Slopes Artist Salon, Brooklyn, NY

2011
“Drawing Lab: The Sensori-Motor City,” Aronson Gallery, New York, NY

“Wish You Were Here 10”, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

“Art and Creative Research,” Parsons Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY

“Larchmont Arts Festival,” Larchmont, NY

Selected Published Illustrations/Commissions:

2021                                         
METROPOLITAN JUNIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC, “Passing the Torch,” Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Baseball League                                                 
2019-20
Brooklyn, NY, Illustrator, “Caribbean Vulnerabilities,” by Denise Roberts, PhD

2018 
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL FOR GRANADA, Illustrator

2017
LOON POND, Gilmanton, NH, Illustrator of Logo and T-Shirt design

METROPOLITAN JUNIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC, Richmond, VA, Illustrator, and Designer

2016 
JAH CRAFT, Brooklyn, NY, Illustrator of Logo and T-Shirt design

XLIBRIS CORPORATION, Brooklyn, NY, Illustrator, “Painting POETRY,” by Adisa Andwele, poetic interpretations of art.

2014-15
METROPOLITAN JUNIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA Illustrator.

TOWN OF MAMARONECK, Mamaroneck, NY, Illustrator for a promotional painting of a historical landscape

2013
METROPOLITAN JUNIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC, Richmond, VA, Illustrator, and Designer.

2012
AMSTERDAM NEWS, NYC, Illustrator, article: ”Former MLB Stars at Youth All-Star Games on MLK Weekend,” January 19-25th, page 41

METROPOLITAN JUNIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Illustrator and Designer

2011   
TOWN OF MAMARONECK CELEBRATING the 350TH ANNIVERSARY, Mamaroneck, NY, Illustrator of promotional painting now hangs as a permanent collection in the town hall.

2010-11
The Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium, Orlando, FL, Illustrator and Designer for a brochure.

Selected Television/Radio/Online Interviews:

2019
Featured artist video interview on the creative process and compositions within her work in the Watercolor and Mixed Media Show at Alfa Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

2014
Satellite Radio Interview, November 15, 2014, 11:00-11:30. See blog post for details

2013
One of three featured Ditmas Park, Brooklyn artists discussing their practice on Neighborhood Beat, Brooklyn Independent Television, Brooklyn, NY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7TWBr2QVG4

Featured interview in The Brooklyn ARTery segment of Inspired, Soundbooth Productions, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Press coverage interview segment on Alaiyo’s artwork and participation in the Flatbush Artists 2012 Salon Show, Chanel 12, Brooklyn, NY, Brie Arts Media Production, Neighborhood Beat: http://www.flatbushartists.org/press.htm

Featured interview segment on my work and practice as an illustrator and fine artist as the recipient of the Kenise Barnes Fine Arts Award, LMC-TV Productions, Larchmont Art Show