Raymond Bonilla

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Raymond Bonilla (American, 20th C.-) is a nationally recognized illustrator and fine artist. He was awarded Gold Medals in advertising from the Society of Illustrators, New York 55th Annual Exhibition in 2012 and The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, in 2012 and 2013. He was given the Award of Excellence in Advertising Illustration from Communication Arts Magazine in 2013 and 2014. Bonilla has exhibited his work in New York, Buffalo, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, Park City, and Odessa, Texas. His work has been reviewed by Communication Arts Magazine, Arts on Art Magazine, The Public, and The Buffalo News. Bonilla earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in New Media and Illustration from the State University in New York at Fredonia in 2005 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2009 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He currently lives in Buffalo, New York and teaches at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is represented by Resource Art in Buffalo, NY , Benjaman Gallery Group in Buffalo, NY, Abend Gallery in Denver, CO, and Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora, NY.

Artist Statement:

“My interest in painting and animation lies in the role of an “illustrator as a visual journalist” and the subject of memory. While painting and animation have approaches and aesthetics that may be unique to themselves, at their core these disciplines both allow artists the ability to document the human experience. My art is rooted in the influences of impressionist painters, illustrators, and animators of the 19th and 20th centuries. In my work I use an artistic language that is deeply rooted in the visual vocabulary of figurative and abstract art of the past. From these, I take the traditional artistic tools of color and form, which allow me to immerse viewers in my pictures, allowing those viewers to appreciate my work both for its literal and abstract qualities. I strive to create art that records my observation of the world around me, whether it be a direct observation or a statement of internal reflection. Ultimately, I seek to make work that is a "visual journal" of the human condition.”

Artist’s Website: raymondbonilla.com

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