An Italian-born artist, Mauro Bonacina is known for works characterized by absurdity, wit and elegance. Working in performances, videos, installations, sculptures, paintings, and sound pieces, he creates work that walks the line between chance and control, concept and object, kitsch and high art.
Born in Milan in 1977, Mauro Bonacina currently lives and works in London. He received his BA Fine Art from UWIC, Cardiff in 2000 and his MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2003. He was the first prize winner of the BOC Young Emerging Artists award in 2005. His recent solo exhibitions include those at Edel Assanti, London; Maria Stenfors, London; Charles Bank Gallery, New York; Lucie Fontaine, Milan; and Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg. His work has been featured in international group exhibitions, including at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; Tate Modern, London; the Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale; and the Prague Biennale, Czech Republic.
Mauro Bonacina understands art as "a representation of an idea which does not necessarily have to be an object.” Through his practice, he examines the nature of making art, the role of the artist and precedents in art history. This practice is diverse, ranging from creating paintings by popping acrylic-filled balloons on blank canvases to throwing a television set through a glass window to create a surprisingly beautiful installation.
Featured image: Mauro Bonacina - Together in the Future to Forever, Forever Will Be Everything and Never, 2019 (detail). Acrylic, UV ink on canvas. 112 1/5 × 53 1/10 × 1 in. 285 × 135 × 2.5 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Perrotin