Byron Keith Byrd
I am fascinated by life, death, and the implications which religion may bring to the mix. Whether an individual believes in God, Allah, Buddha, a Higher Power, Jesus, or Zeus I am amazed at the level of conviction applied to ones’ life as a result of these spiritual aspirations. Sadly, these varied viewpoints have caused more death and destruction to humankind than any other single travesty throughout history and it is hardly improving today. I am most entertained by how varied individuals, of any particular faith, are so unabashedly ‘convinced’ that theirs is the true, ultimate, divine, or ‘correct’ path to salvation. My art is intended to use humor and irreverence to challenge stubbornly held religious beliefs.
While his art may be found in various public and private collections around the world, he is also the author of several illustrated books by Rizzoli International Publications and has lectured for The National Arts Club in Manhattan. Byron divides his time between New York City and Miami Beach.