• Sobrecielo (detail)

    “Sobrecielo (detail)”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions 96" x 288"
    Category Installation
    Medium Mixed media, punctured Masonite, rope, acrylic wool and fluorescent lights
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection. Donated by Moisés and Diana Berezdivin.
  • Sobrecielo

    “Sobrecielo”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions 96" x 288"
    Category Installation
    Medium Mixed media, punctured Masonite, rope, acrylic wool and fluorescent lights
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection. Donated by Moisés and Diana Berezdivin.
  • Un-titled

    “Un-titled”

    Date 2006
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Nylon, adhesive tape, drawing paper and colored pencil
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Un-titled

    “Un-titled”

    Date 2006
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Nylon, adhesive tape, drawing paper and colored pencil
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Estela

    “Estela*”

    Date 2003
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Stainless steel and stainless braided cable
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Title translation: Stela
  • Sketch

    “Sketch”

    Date 2006
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Nylon rope, wood and Masonite
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Sketch

    “Sketch”

    Date 2006
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Nylon rope, wood and Masonite
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Sketch

    “Sketch”

    Date 2006
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Nylon rope, wood and Masonite
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Cilindros

    “Cilindros*”

    Date 2004
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Nylon rope, wood and Masonite
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Title translation: Cylinders
  • Verde Maña

    “Verde Maña”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Rope, acrylic wool, natural wool, Masonite
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Pure Manila

    “Pure Manila ”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Rope and wood
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Maraña

    “Maraña*”

    Date 1996
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Rope, wool and acrylic
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection *Title translation: Snarl
  • Sobrecielo (detail)
  • Sobrecielo
  • Un-titled
  • Un-titled
  • Estela
  • Sketch
  • Sketch
  • Sketch
  • Cilindros
  • Verde Maña
  • Pure Manila
  • Maraña

Ada Bobonis

Río Piedras, PR, 1963

Biography Details

Installation artist, sculptor, draftswoman, painter, teacher. Bobonis earned her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Master of Arts degree in Painting, from the University of Barcelona. Since 1986, she has taken part in a number of group shows as well as several solo exhibitions. In 2005 she received a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, and in 2006 she was given a residency grant at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. She has taught at the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts. Bobonis works mainly in sculpture and installations, although she has recently been more inclined toward installations, using such rudimentary materials as rope, fishing line, and wool, which she may weave, braid, or unbraid. Her work has been compared to Post-Minimalism, with references to arte povera.

Artist Statement

I’m interested in urban places that are under construction, isolated, undefined. Sites and buildings that have changed their function. Places where the past and the present coexist in a permanent contradiction. What was its natural state? Has the history of the place defined the character of the site and of the people who live there? Do these places generate questions about economy and politics effects on them?

 

Source: http://rhmfoundation.org/collect/index.php/selection/web-nominee/ada_bobonis/#

Formation

Education

1984-1989

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Master of Arts in Painting. Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

1983-1984

  • Escuela de Artes y Oficios (Llotja), Barcelona, Spain

1981-1983

  • Visual Arts Studies. Communications Department, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

2001-2010

  • Professor. Painting Department, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007-2009

  • Director. Painting Department, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004-2006

  • Deputy Director. Painting Department, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Interdisciplinary Workshop "Locales". Exhibition project of students from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in public spaces in old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Interdisciplinary Workshop "Escaparates". Exhibition project of students from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in shops windows in old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Internship Course to students from Escuela de Artes Plásticas. New York, United States

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2012

  • Stages, mountains, water, Queens Museum, New  York, United States

2008

  • Proto : types/times/rhythms/patterns, Espacio 1414, Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Estados Sensibles, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Skecth, Galería Raíces, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Cuña, Taller Boricua, Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, New  York, United States

2003

  • Estela, Estación Norte, Río Piedras, Tren Urbano, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Verde Maña, Sala Nuevas Tendencias, Museo de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Sobrecielo, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Naturaleza Primitiva, Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Asogues, Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • 9-F, El Manantial Taller Galería d’art , Barcelona, Spain

1991

  • Ada Bobonis: obra reciente, Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Círculos y Espirales, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2015

  • Group show, Zawahra Alejandro, NY

2013

  • Holiday Delights, Elizabeth Harris, NY
  • Mano segura no se tranca (the safe hand does not…?), Present Company, New York, United States

2012

  • New York, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, United States

2009

  • Dwell 2, Douz and Mille, Washington, DC, United States
  • Space Unlimited, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, United States
  • Coexistencias, II Biennial of the Canary Islands Architecture, Art and Landscape, Centro de Arte la Regenta, Spain

2008

  • Circa 08, Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Resounding Space, Douz and Mille, Next Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois, United States

2007

  • Contexto Puertorriqueño: del Rococó Colonial al Arte Global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Scope- Miami, Family and friends, Douz and Mille, Miami, Florida, United States

2004

  • Cilindros, Absolute Área,  Calle Sol 208, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Offerings, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Piedra, Metal y Madera, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • El arte en Puerto Rico a través de los tiempos, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Nuevos significados del ir venir, Admirals Club, Aeropuerto Luis Muñoz Marín, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • El Café de las 3:00, otros relatos en casa de Doña Fela, Museo Felisa Rincón de Gautier, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Juego-Tensión, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Nubes de Fango, Galería Michelle Marxuach, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Group show, Leonora Vega Gallery, New  York, United States

1997

  • Arco Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

1996

  • Direcciones, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1995

  • Tercer Certamen de Artes Plásticas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2013

  • Nominated to the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida.
  • Nominated to the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, New York, United States

2010-2011

  • Residency. Space Program, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Grant. Space Program, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Grant. Programa Subvención Básica para las Artes, National Endowment for the Arts, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Grant. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Residency. Santa Fe Artist Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, United Sates

2005    

  • Grant. Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, United States

2003

  • Travel Grant. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Grant. Fondo Puertorriqueño para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural, Instituto de Cultura  Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Merit Award. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984-1989

  • Ángel Ramos Foundation Scholarship. Periódico El Mundo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984-1987

  • Scholarship. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Paine Webber, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Triple S, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Books

Barragán, Paco. The Art to Come“. España: Editorial Altamira, 2000.

 

Catalogues

Cullen, Deborah. None of the above Contemporary works by Puerto Rican Artists”, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conneticut, Estados Unidos, 2004.

"Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas". Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001.

"Ada Bobonis , Obra reciente". Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1991.

"Círculos y Espirales". Museo de Arte e Historia de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1989.

"Asogues". Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1996.

"Sobrecielo". Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2000.

"Expresiones". Muestra de ensayo, teatro, narrativa, arte y poesía, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2003.

 

Newspapers

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. Ada Bobonis“. Periódico El Nuevo Día, (San Juan, PR), noviembre, 2000.

Instalación de Arte en el Taller Boricua“, Hola hoy, (Nueva York, EU), febrero, 2004.

Vázquez, Larissa. “Espacio de Vanguardia para el arte Tridimensional“. Periódico El Nuevo Día, (San Juan, PR), junio 2002.

De Cuba, Natalia. Making the past contemporary“. Periódico The San Juan Star, (San Juan, PR), mayo 1999.

Colón Camacho, Doreen M., Direcciones” en Ponce“. Periódico El Nuevo Día, (San Juan, PR), octubre 1996

García Gutiérrez, Enrique. Bobonis en plano íntimo“. Periódico El Nuevo Día, (San Juan, PR), febrero 1996.

 

Magazines

King, Elaine, Antropomorphic Amalgams, Scuplture Magazine Vol 27, No. 1, pp. 30-35, 2008

Lezama, Manuel Álvarez, “Ada Bobonis- Galería Raíces”, Art Nexus, N. 62, Vol 5, p.157, 2006                   

Nogueras, Celina, The grain of the anti-form, Entorno, Vol 4, p.66, 2007