BIO Larry “Poncho” Brown is a native of Baltimore, MD. He started his first business at the age of 17 as a signwriter and has been a full time artist ever since. Poncho received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. His art, both fine and commercial, has been published nationally in Art Trends, U.S. Art Gallery, Images, Upscale, Ebony, Ebony Man, Essence, and Jet Magazines. His work is also featured in the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Textile Series book entitled “Wrapped in Pride”. His work adorns the walls of the likes of Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Anita Baker, Susan Taylor, Bernard Bronner, Ed Gordon and Charles Bibbs.
One of Larry Poncho Brown’s crowning achievements as an artist has been his dedication to the documentation of African American social and cultural issues. In pursuing his philanthropic goals, he founded Raising the Arts which has created over 74 images to assist non-profit organizations and African American organizations with artistic documentation and fundraising opportunities over the last three decades. Poncho’s focus has been to express his interests in Afrocentric themes, and ethnocentric culture.
Whether celebrating diversity, encouraging unification, or recognizing perseverance, his works attempt to find the beauty in every subject. Poncho has been commissioned to create images that document many cultural events, music and art festivals all across the nation. He has created images for several historically black institutions, church congregations, faith based organizations, and sororities.
"My works attempt to capture SOUL while purposely depicting positive representations of African American culture. Art and imagery are the strongest forms to challenge the perceptions of African Americans in our society.” Statement "Capturing the inquisitive nature of children, their natural curiosity, and eagerness to learn."