Gena Brodie Robbins was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Tifton Georgia, graduating from Tift County High School in 1986. Brodie attended the University of Southern Maine and graduated with a BFA in Art Education in 1995 from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Shortly after graduating from college, Brodie taught in the public schools in both Georgia and Florida and continued her studies in fine art throughout the U.S. and abroad in France. Traditional drawing and painting skills were explored and refined through artist retreats, such as La Bonne Etoile in Fontaine-Fourches, France, the Scottsdale Artists’ school in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Art Students’ League in New York City.
Brodie was awarded the Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 where she was also awarded the New York Studio Space Scholarship held at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in N.Y., New York. Brodie was also awarded internships at the Triangle Artist Workshop in Brooklyn and at Exit Art Gallery in New York City. Once Brodie completed internships in New York, and graduated from SCAD, Brodie then Co-Founded and Co-Directed Hollingsworth Gallery in Palm Coast, Florida and the Southeast Coalition for Contemporary Artists. Brodie has since then taught foundation courses in Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and has created portraits of Lucy Stubbs (Jamie Alexander), Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and other props for the feature film, “Savannah” directed by Annette Heyward-Carter. Brodie is mostly known for her large scale abstract works investigating struggle, implication, position, and the ephemeral states of time and existence. Brodie has exhibited in China, France, and the U.S. She is widely collected and has won awards such as the Florida Artist Group’s Richard Dean Andruk Award curated by Sam Gilliam. Brodie is currently living and painting in Cumming, Ga., where she also works as an art educator in the Forsyth County School District. Brodie is represented by dk Contemporary Gallery in Marietta, Ga.