Artist Spotlight: Gustavo Bravo

Samantha Malley – Art Director

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Gustavo Bravo moved to the U.S. when he was just 11 months old. Having to start from scratch, his father always pushed him to never give up, to try his best and to be a leader. He taught Gustavo the ways of running an independent business, which led to Gustavo’s current clothing line.

“Being aware that I now live in a place that isn’t my home, I am constantly searching for identity in my work,” Gustavo tells me.

Inspired by Kanye West and A$AP Rocky, Gustavo started studying Fashion Design back in middle school. He would find himself going out to purchase name brand items and then realizing that they weren’t fitting like they should. He taught himself how to sew and manipulate fabric to get the style and fit he originally envisioned. With the help of an Amazon bought sewing machine and thrifted clothes, his passion flourished.

Columbia and Italy distressed into jeans, Photos courtesy of Gustavo Bravo

In his first year at RIC, he is enrolled in a few foundation art classes as well as some business classes. However, he hopes to transfer to another art school later on and strictly study Fashion Design. For now, he enjoys pulling inspirations from his design and drawing courses and being able to connect those to his clothing line.

Included in his line are shirts, sweatshirts, jeans and jackets. He said, “In reference to distressing denim as a medium, I understood that denim originally distresses naturally but then became fashionable so it was industrialized and mass produced. Understanding that and understanding how artificial it had become, I wanted to take that process of destruction and control it. Destruction as a means of creation.”

His final goal or look is a product that is decayed on purpose yet at the same time stays frozen in that moment of time. With that being said, Gustavo is constantly working outside of school to add pieces to his clothing line.

To see more of Gustavo Bravo’s clothing line, follow him on Instagram @whenisgustavo or check out his website!

If you are a student who is part of the Art Department at Rhode Island College and would like to be featured in The Anchor Newspaper, email Samantha at to schedule an interview!