(1972 – )

Tanya Bonello
Contemporary
Overview

Born in 1972, South African artist Tanya Bonello currently lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Bonello’s works can be found locally and internationally in private and corporate collections.

Bonello practices with and mixes various mediums, primarily that of gypsum, oil paint, and found objects, also incorporating synthetic silver and gold leaf into her creative process. Bonello explains, “The gypsum and synthetic gold and silver leaf, by virtue of their nature, will continue to transform or change – they are representative of the maxim ‘all is in a state of flux’. The geometry signifies that which we know – the fathomable – whilst the writing appears to be unfathomable as a known language, and as such is representative of that which we do not know or that which we cannot describe in words.”

Inspired by astronomy, history, physics, geology, and astronomy, Bonello’s thematic concerns investigate memory and a universal consciousness. She writes, “In my work, I try to bring to the fore a memory of our collective consciousness through the use of a universal language that is ancient and true and understood by everyone. A language that is beyond words and cultural differences. The geometrical forms of the circle, square, triangle, and grid are vehicles towards this universal understanding, and as such, these timeless shapes operate as a unifying force reminding us that we are all One. Everything is interconnected”.

Education

1994       
Graduated with a BA (FA) from Michaelis, University of Cape Town

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2020
Resolution, 196Victoria, Cape Town

2020
See the World, Berman Contemporary, Johannesburg

2019
Resonance, 196Victoria, Cape Town

2018
Synthesis, 196Victoria, Cape Town

2017
Transcend, 196Victoria, Cape Town

2014
Continuum, GalleryF, Cape Town

2011
Fathom deep, Haas pop up Gallery, Cape Town

2010
In search of Truth and Beauty, G2, Cape Town

2005
Recent work, Hope street, Cape Town

2004
The Rust series, Lipschitz gallery, Plettenberg Bay

Group Exhibitions
2023
Optimal Vibration, Group exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sunny Side Up, Group exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

2022
Resilience, 196Victoria, Cape Town
New Day Spring Group Exhibition, Graham contemporary, Johannesburg 

2022
Seed 11, SAFFCA, Johannesburg 

2019
Art ladies, Berman contemporary, Johannesburg
For the Love of it, 42Trill, Cape Town
Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair, Berman Contemporary, Turkey

2018
ReGroup , 196Victoria, Cape Town

Collections

Private Collections

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg
  • London
  • St Laurent-Nouan
  • Warsaw
  • Milan
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Instanbul
  • Doha
  • Dubai
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