Malado Francine Baldwin is a Los Angeles based artist, following more than fifteen years in New York. Malado's work traces intimate personal and larger geographic and historic memories through symbolically imbued imagery in multiple mediums. Malado's paintings are both vibrant and transitory, shaping new visions through the melding of experiences that blend cultures and belief systems. Her newest paintings are strikingly bold, entering the viewer's sphere through an alchemic quality of paint & magic.
Outstanding influences in her work include a childhood spent in Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali as the daughter of former Peace Corps volunteers in a mixed-race family with hispanic parentage. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature at Swarthmore College in 1997, and a Master's degree in painting at the New York Studio School in 2006.
Her work is in public and private collections both in the US and abroad, including the Getty Research Institute, and the William Louis-Dreyfus collection. Awards include the Buckingham Prize for the Expression of Music in Art (2005) and a Visual Arts Foundation Grant (2007), and the Eugene Lang Scholarship for Community Service (1993).
My paintings are bold, bright, and radiate great energy in a room. They are a part of me! Like Tracey Emin said: " I need Art like I need God"- in this way it is so much more than just the making of pretty things... Art is both divination and revelation, achieved through meditative practice, and a lifetime of perfecting a craft.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California