Jonathan Brilliant was born in 1976 in Charleston, South Carolina. Brilliant holds a B.A. in studio art from the College of Charleston and an M.F.A. in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University. Brilliant is a recipient of an
individual artist grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and is a South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow.He has exhibited his work in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has received numerous fellowships to artist residencies and communities including McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC; The Ox-BowSchool of Art, Saugatuck, MI; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston,SC; Artspace, Raleigh, NC and The East/West Project in Berlin Germany. He has served as a visiting artist for The University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI; University of Memphis, TN; Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC; and Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC among others. From May 2009-December 2010 he conducted his Have Sticks Will Travel: World Tour, a marathon series of site-specific installations that took place in thirteen galleries in eighteen months, in three countries, on two continents, and included a stop at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA. In 2011 he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA, where he created a comprehensive multi-room installation utilizing coffee shop ephemera. In 2012 he served as an Artist in Residence at the Cairns Festival in Far North Queensland Australia, and at the Center for Creativity and the arts at CSU Fresno, California. He currently lives with his wife Brooke, son Asher and two cats Zero and Chicken in Raleigh, North Carolina.