Pedro Bonnin

BIOGRAPHY

Mexican, b. 1967
Self-taught Mexican painter Pedro Bonnin creates lavishly rendered, hyperrealistic paintings in oil that combine whimsy and provocation. His stylish paintings of tumbling, lingerie-clad people wearing sunglasses call to mind the cheeky and subversive work of fashion photographers like Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, while his close-up portraits of men and women contorting their faces are a virtuoso display of illusionistic technique. As a young man, Bonnin traveled to Europe, where he visited galleries and studied Italian masters like Giotto and Simone Martini. A student of philosophy as well as art, he uses his artwork to explore ideas of reality and perception, as well as Picasso’s maxims that art is a weapon and a lie that speaks about the truth.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

“Poorly Cut Cherry Halves”, City Museum, Cuernavaca, Mexico

2009

Arden Gallery, Boston, MA

2008

Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2007

Galería Uno, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

2006

Ida Victoria Gallery, San José del Cabo, Mexico

2004

Museo Casa del Lago, Mexico City

2001

Galería Anima-löte, Cuernavaca, Mexico

1997

David Jacobs Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Galería Arte X Arte, Cuernavaca, Mexico

1996

IN COLLABORATION, Los Angeles, CA

1995

IN COLLABORATION, Akron, OH

1994

Galería HB, Mexico City

1993

Galería Florencia Riestra, Mexico City

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

AAFNY, New York, NY

2015

“Lost In Translation 2”, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2014

“Eye Candy”, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2008

Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL
Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Arden Gallery, Boston, MA

2005

Museo La Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca, Mexico

2004

Galería Zarco, Cuernavaca, Mexico

2001

The Kitchen Gallery, New York, NY
Galería Uno. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

1999

Centro Morelense de las Artes, Cuernavaca, Mexico

1998

Museo del Arzobispado, Mexico City

1996

IN COLLABORATION, Los Angeles, CA

1995

IN COLLABORATION, Akron, OH
IN COLLABORATION, Los Angeles, CA
Museo José Luis Cuevas, Mexico City

1994

IN COLLABORATION, Los Angeles, CA
Pinacoteca 2000, Mexico City
Galería Uno. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

1993

Tlapalli Arte, Madrid, Spain
Galería Florencia Riestra, Mexico City

1992

Galería HB, Mexico City
Galería Florencia Riestra, México, D.F.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

1998      FONCA Grant, Morelos Young Creators
1994      Honorable Mention, Second National INDART Paint Contest
1992      Honorable Mention, First National INDART Paint Contest

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Rhose Island School of Design Museum
Museo Claudio