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Shay Bredimus

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Omaha, Nebraska

Birth year

Lives in
Long Beach, CA

Works in
Long Beach, CA


Laguna College of Art & Design, 2008, MFA
Emily Carr University, 2004, BFA


A figurative painter and renowned tattoo artist, Bredimus employs languid and gestural marks using tattoo ink on drafting film to portray spontaneous and personal moments of his models. His classical training in portraiture is evident, to which he has added aesthetic influences from Japanese tattoo and Ukiyo-e prints.

A survivor of a traumatic brain injury that occurred at age ten Bredimus relates, “After the accident visual language became my first language and primary mode of expression, solidifying my life in the visual arts”.

Shay Bredimus earned an MFA in 2008 from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna, California and a BFA in painting from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada in 2004. He has studied under mentors F. Scott Hess and Wes Christensen, among others. His work was featured in two solo exhibitions at Koplin Del Rio, in Culver City California  where he is represented. Shay has earned critical praise from Artweek and Inked magazine.

Recent Exhibits

Shay Bredimus participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 Cartomancy
Koplin Del Rio Gallery
May, 2014 Recon"Figured"
The Egan Gallery
Feb, 2013 Wunderkammer: Miniatures and Curiosities
Koplin Del Rio Gallery
Nov, 2012 Tattoo Stories: A CraftLab Workshop: Fun for everyone!
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Sep, 2012 L.A. Skin & Ink: Tattooing in Los Angeles from 1960 to the 1980s
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Sep, 2012 CCC Pre-Opening Party for LA Skin and Ink
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Click here to see all exhibits for Shay Bredimus
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