Pedro Bonnin

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I was born in 1967 in Cuernavaca, the city of eternal spring as people call it, 50 minutes south of Mexico City. Cuernavaca used to be a beautiful town. American collector, Robert Brady, lived in Cuernavaca during the sixties and had the most wonderful house which is now a museum full with paintings and fabulous objects from all around the world. Peggy Guggenheim visited him often and so did Josephine Baker who was among Brady’s most notorious friends. On a regular day you can find me having coffee at the museum’s patio. You wouldn’t believe the trees hanging from the very old house’s red façade. Both the architecture and the vegetation are unique. 

I studied philosophy, so when I’m not painting I spend most of my time reading impossible books about phenomenology, ethics, ontology, aesthetics and so on. Of course I’m not always that mean to myself.  I like literature and poetry as well. A couple weeks ago I finished “The Rings of Saturn” by W.G. Sebald which it’s one of the saddest -in a sublime manner, most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. It definitely made it to my all time Top Ten fiction list alongside with Yasunari Kawabata’s “The house of sleeping beauties” and Varlam Shalamov’s “Tales from Kolyma”. 

In 1989 I traveled to Europe for the first time, I visited every single museum I could and every single gallery opening too (free wine is always welcomed when you are a poor traveler and I had the perfect alibi since I had a legitimate interest in art). I went to Italy and there I was mesmerized by the works of Giotto and the Italian masters of the Quattrocento like Simone Martini, Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Duccio di Buoninsegna to name a few. They opened my eyes. I suddenly realized up until that point in my life I’ve been living in a world of shadows. I’ve been an inhabitant of Plato’s cave and finally I was beginning to see the light. After several months of backpacking and sleeping in train stations I went to Spain, visited Mallorca, where my grandfather was born and decided to stay in Barcelona where I found a job and started to paint. In 1991 I showed my paintings for the first time in Mexico City and in 1993 I had my first One Man Show. 

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ONE MAN SHOWS

 

2014 “Poorly Cut Cherry Halves” City Museum. Cuernavaca, Mor.

2009Arden Gallery. Boston, MA.

2008 Rice/Polak Gallery. Provincetown, MA.

2007 Galería Uno. Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

2006 Ida Victoria Gallery. San José del Cabo, BC.

2004 Museo Casa del Lago. México, D.F.

2001 David Jacobs Atelier. Los Angeles, CA.

2001 Galería Anima-löte. Cuernavaca, Mor.

1997 David Jacobs Fine Art. Los Angeles, CA.

1997 Galería Arte X Arte. Cuernavaca, Mor.

1996 IN COLLABORATION. Los Angeles, CA.

1995 IN COLLABORATION. Akron, OH.

1994 Galería HB. México, D.F.

1993 Galería Florencia Riestra. México, D.F.

 

 

GROUP SHOWS (Selection)

 

2019 “The Art of Fashion” JoAnne Artman Gallery. New York, NY.

2016 “Dealer’s Choice” Madison Gallery. La Jolla, CA.

2015  “Lost In Translation” JoAnne Artman Gallery. Laguna Beach, CA

2015  “Eye Candy” JoAnne Artman Gallery. Laguna Beach, CA

2010 Bridge Art Fair. Miami, FL.

        2008 Rice/Polak Gallery. Provincetown, MA.

        2008 Arden Gallery. Boston, MA.

        2005 Museo La Tallera Siqueiros. Cuernavaca, Mor.

        2004 Galería Zarco. Cuernavaca, Mor.

2001 The Kitchen Gallery. New York, NY.

2001 Galería Uno. Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

1999 Centro Morelense de las Artes. Cuernavaca, Mor.

1998 Museo del Arzobispado. México, D.F.

1996 IN COLLABORATION. Los Angeles, CA.

1995 IN COLLABORATION. Akron, OH.

1995 IN COLLABORATION. Los Angeles, CA.

1995 Museo José Luis Cuevas. México, D.F.

1994 IN COLLABORATION. Los Angeles, CA.

1994 Pinacoteca 2000. México, D.F.

1994 Galería Uno. Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

1993 Tlapalli Arte. Madrid, España.

1993 Galería Florencia Riestra. México, D.F.

1992 Galería HB. México, D.F.

1992 Torre del Reloj Polanco. México, D.F.

1992 Galería Florencia Riestra. México,

 

 

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