Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands in 1951. As a child he learned of the profession of illustration, and his course was set. His father brought home scraps of paper from a paper mill, and Braldt drew continuously. When twelve he began attending the Grafische School in Rotterdam, where he was instructed in graphic arts and the printing trade. Aside from this training, Braldt is self-taught.
Once out of school, Braldt became a successful illustrator in Holland. In 1978, on his first day’s visit to New York, he was commissioned to paint a cover for Time Magazine. Since then Braldt’s career has been one success after another.
His work has appeared numerous times on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Omni Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly and in Esquire, Playboy, Penthouse, and National Geographic. Braldt has illustrated book covers for publishers around the world, including M. Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon. Advertising campaigns include Levi-Strauss, Grand Marnier, Alfa Romeo, Pirelli Brazil, Kahlua, Japan, IBM International, Celestial Seasonings, and Crabtree & Evelyn. He has designed 3 stamp issues for the United Nations Postal Service and the United States Postal Service.
In 1989 Braldt received the Clio Award for Best Illustration of the Year. He has earned numerous gold and silver medals from illustration and art director clubs around the country, along with the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 1997 he was awarded an Honorable Membership to the Dutch Society of Illustrators and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievement in the field of international illustration. In 1993 the International Advisory Board of the American Art Institutes International, where he lectured yearly, established a “Braldt Bralds Illustration Scholarship.” While living in Manhattan, Braldt taught at New York’s School of Visual Arts, including the Masters Programme, for 4 years. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the USA, Korea and Japan.
Braldt stepped back from his illustration career in the late ’90s to focus on his fine art. In 1998 he began a body of work, portrayals of detailed stones, which debuted in a one-man show of 25 paintings, titled “Stone Lifes,” at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He continued to show in other prestigious galleries as well as invitational group shows throughout the country until 2014. Presently Braldt works with clients on an appointment basis.