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Meet Hector Prado, an internationally known painter of fine and pop art

Beautiful Mind by Hector Prado.
Beautiful Mind by Hector Prado.

Miami-based artist Hector Prado was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, where he dreamed of growing up to be a painter.

Before achieving that dream, he led a successful career in the advertising industry as a creative director, art director, graphic designer and multimedia director. He gave up all of that in 2012 to pursue his goal of being a professional artist.

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In just six short years, Prado has created artwork that has graced the walls of international galleries, private collectors and for brands and events such as HBO’s The Pacific, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Volkswagen, Cannes Film Festival and more.

“When I paint, I am free to do what comes from the heart,” Prado said.

Prado’s works of fine and pop art are marked by people, nature and fantasy-esque images. He works with acrylic, pencil, charcoal, pens and more.

Hector Prado print on pillow.

Hector Prado’s art is Fantastic Realism

“My art is a combination of reality and fantasy,” Prado said. “I use colors to communicate emotions to allow a connection between the one seeing the art and the piece itself. I call my style Fantastic Realism, as my art brings life to reality.”

He currently has a brand of limited-edition products featuring his art available at ILovePrado.com, including reproduction on cushions, T-shirts, and custom-made shoes. On Instagram: @ilove.prado.