April Branco is a contemporary realist pastel painter. An avid artist from young, she used whatever medium available growing up to create images. Expressing particular enjoyment and skill with figures she was encouraged to pursue further training in representing the human form in charcoal and eventually pastel, spending three years as a student and apprentice to Ms. Sharon Wilson.
After several years as a Harbour Nights vendor Ms. Branco began entering group shows with her charcoal figures and eventually presented a solo exhibition of her work in 2008 at the Bermuda Society of Arts. In 2011 Ms. Branco went on to open her own gallery in the Washington Mall, and proceeded to win Best of Bermuda Award – Visual Artist in 2012.
A lover of the figure, you will find her paintings depict mostly people., with a focus on portraiture. Her portrait ROOTS II received Honorable Mention – Use of Medium in the 2011 Charman Prize. Juror Peter Higdon stated, “The level of detail, broad form and delicate tonality achieved using charcoal and pastel is tremendously impressive. This is a work of virtuosity.”
In addition to figurative work Ms. Branco also creates landscapes in oil and abstracts in acrylic. Regardless of the subject matter or medium, she has now made it her intention to use her images to uplift, inspire and give back to her community.