Martin Bradley was born in 1931 in Richmond, Surrey in England. From the time he was a child, he showed great interest in art, something however that his guardian opposed. Bradley then had the idea of abandoning school and, at the age of fourteen, he embarked as a cabin-boy where he began to paint portraits of his companions on board the ship.
Three years later he returned to London where he studied oriental languages, literature and history of art with a particular interest in the art of calligraphy.
In London Bradley became acquainted with the group of writers called “Angry Young Men” and became a highly regarded member.
At the end of the 1950s, he became part of the stable of artists managed by the gallery dealer Rudolphe Augustinci.
In 1958, thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Brazil for three years. In 1968, he left again for India and Nepal where he studied Buddhist painting and culture.
In 1989 he moved to Belgium where he still lives and works today.
Initially, his painting has been mainly abstract with strong symbolic and calligraphic traces; in fact, his work has been considerably influenced and inspired by the Orient.
The artist’s cosmopolitan training transfers to his work, the fruit of chromatic and cultural combinations and of representations of ancient civilizations.
Martin Bradley’s work is willed with symbols, intended as an explicit element of his art; his aim is tell the stories of civilization through painting and sculpture.
Because his age at the time, he was a minor member of the CoBrA Group (a movement founded in Paris in 1948 by a group of northern European artists in reaction to geometric abstraction and social realism currents). His works are found in numerous important international museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Museum and the Tate Gallery in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation in Venice.