Lafayette based artist Bryan Lafaye is a former director of the University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He left museum work in 1999 to pursue his painting career. Lafaye holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University, and has been involved in exhibitions and art related projects from the East Coast to Hawaii and as far away as the Baltic country of Estonia. His work reflects the spirit of the natural world found in his native Louisiana, as well as reflecting upon the history and soul of the American South and Southwest.
Lafaye's paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. Lafaye has been listed in Who's Who of American Art. His most recent exhibition, Bones Come Home, with Elemore Morgan, Jr., was shown at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in 2007.
Lafaye's work demonstrates the use of representational imagery as metaphor, primarily imagery taken from nature, to speak to the collective experiences, and the unique similarities and differences between living things and their histories; the humor and rationale which can be realized through the observation of nature, and the great leaps and stumbles which entertain us as sentient beings. The work also reflects an interest in communication, both spoken and unspoken, and the information processed through these various forms of exchange.
Lafaye divides his time between the wetlands of French speaking Louisiana, and the high deserts of New Mexico.