San Juan, PR, 1963
San Juan, PR, 1963
Installation artist, sculptor, draftswoman, painter, teacher. Bobonis attended the Escuela de Artes y Oficios (School of Arts and Trades) in Barcelona, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in art, with a major in painting, at the University of Barcelona. She also studied communications with a specialization in visual arts at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Santurce, PR. Since 1986 she has participated in group shows and has several solo exhibitions to her credit. She has received prestigious scholarships such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York (2018), among others, and in 2006 she was awarded an artistic residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico.
Bobonis has taught at the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts. Bobonis works mainly in sculpture and installations, although she has inclined more toward installations recently, 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.
Through the construction of sculptures and installations, my work explores the representation of urban and natural space. I am interested in places where the past and the present coexist in permanent contradiction, such as sites and buildings that have changed their function, or spaces under construction, that feel undefined or isolated.
My works reflect many of my current conceptual and thematic concerns, such as the relationship between people and the environment, dialogue with a specific architectural context, and an active or physical engagement between the viewer and the work.
Photography is incorporated into the creative process as a tool to document the places I work with and to quote specific aspects of those places. The photos serve as a database to solve formal aspects of my installations, extracting color, materials and shapes. Once the sculptural forms are resolved through my process of abstraction, photos are often incorporated into installations. In doing this, I seek to generate other ways of representing the places I work with through the opposition of representational language and abstraction.
Barragán, Paco. “The Art to Come“. España: Editorial Altamira, 2000.
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.
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.
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