Alaiyo Bradshaw was born in London, England and raised in Detroit.
Alaiyo is passionate about creating figurative art with a social conscience. She brings her training as an illustrator and graphic designer into her work as a fine artist. She thinks of her paintings as a " single frame narrative of her subject --- a window into the subject." Remarkably, Bradshaw's paintings are not composed with oil paints but with watercolor. She is known for her incredible proficiency with it; using it to inflect depth, translucency, and opacity much as one would classically use oil paint. Because watercolor dries quickly, Bradshaw is able to quickly layer translucent and opaque watercolors to achieve great depth of color and detail. She works quickly with many fine brushes to also achieve precision.
Alaiyo has an MFA Degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts and BFA from the University of Michigan.
At Parsons, she has taught classes in Art History, Illustration, Digital Design, and Drawing. Bradshaw has also taught at a number of other institutions, including Long Island University, Montclair State University, and the Montclair Art Museum.
She has received the Kenise Barnes Fine Arts Award and Research and Development grants from Parsons.
Her Television Appearances and Radio Interviews were featured on the national station Sirius XM radio, Soundbook Productions, Neighborhood Beat in Brooklyn and LMC-TV Productions in Larchmont, NY.
Alaiyo is a professional illustrator and graphic designer. Her clients include: Amsterdam News, Actors Theater Workshop, The Advocate Magazine, Brian Bellinger Films, The College Board, Circe Ediciones, S.A., The Guide New Era Publication, Harcourt Brace, Heinle & Heinle, The Jewish Theatre of NY, McGraw Hill, Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, Inc., PSE&G, 20/20, The New York Times Magazine, Ward’s Communication and more.
She has exhibited at the Arts Westchester, SVA Gallery, OPUS Gallery in Mount Kisco, NY, The Society of Illustrators, The Hudson Guild, Fire Patrol No. 5, Limner Gallery, National Museum of Catholic Art, 80 Washington Square East, Ward-Nasse, A.I.R. Gallery in New York City and several other galleries in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Alaiyo is a member of the Flatbush Artists in Brooklyn, NY.