21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Lucas Bononi

Lucas Bononi

Lucas Bononi, Untitled, oil, 24 x 30.

Lucas Bononi, Untitled, oil, 24 x 30.

Art Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. This fall I am starting the core program at Grand Central Atelier in New York to re-establish the fundamentals of painting and drawing in my work.

Style: Contemporary realism.

Creative Spark: I love finding irony in the things we don’t normally think about, such as revalidating junk as beauty.

Second-Choice Career: Something pertaining to environmental politics or sustainability. From an early age I’ve tried to reduce my carbon footprint by living in an environmentally conscious manner.

Other Passions: Skateboarding and bouldering.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I’m currently learning Russian, which will be my fourth language.

Best Advice Received: From San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Maria Medua: “Don’t let your medium dictate your work, rather the opposite.”

Biggest Fear: To not be able to grow as an artist. There is no limit to what we do and how we create.

Pet Peeve: When something or someone takes me away from the easel. Anyone can vouch for me when I say I’m a “paintaholic.”

Quirkiest Trait: I constantly do funny impersonations of people.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: DEMON OVERTHROWN by Mikhail Vrubel.

Future Goals: I would like to pay homage to my roots and open an atelier in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Representation: Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY; Eleventh Street Arts, Long Island City, NY; European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Subscribe to Southwest Art magazine
Learn how to paint & how to draw with downloads, books, videos & more from North Light Shop
Sign up for your Southwest Art email newsletter & download a FREE ebook