Brenno Kenji has been teaching figure drawing for over 12 years. He has studied under Steve Huston, Karl Gnass, Glenn Vilppu, Kevin Chen, and the late Glen Orbik, among others, in Los Angeles, California, where he also taught Life Drawing, Artistic Anatomy, and Narrative Drawing at the Loyola Marymount University. He’s also an avid painter, having studied under Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, Sean Cheetham, Mian Situ, and Steve Assael, and having taught alla prima painting at private studios in the Los Angeles area.
Originally from Brazil, Brenno likes to think that he has lived many lives in one, with each experience enriching and being enriched by the others. Having earned a PhD in Literature and Philosophy (which he taught at the college level for many years), Brenno instills his works and his teaching with a dynamic balance between analysis and intuition, communicating with clarity and passion to a wide range of audiences.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.