Tanya Bonello

Tanya BonelloArtist Profile

Tanya Bonello is a South African artist born in 1972. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town with a bachelors degree in Fine Art in 1994. She currently lives in Cape Town, where she practices as a mixed media artist working primarily with gypsum, oil paint and found objects. These are some of the recurrent threads interwoven into the body of Bonello’s paintings, spanning decades of her art making process, as well as the application of synthetic gold and silver leaf, and the thematic use of geometry and writing.

Bonello explains her choice of material and themes: “The gypsum and synthetic gold and silver leaf, by virtue of their nature, will continue to transform or change – they are representative of the maxim ‘all is in a state of flux’. The geometry signifies that which we know – the fathomable – whilst the writing appears to be unfathomable as a known language, and as such is representative of that which we do not know or that which we cannot describe in words.”

Exhibitions | Resonance, 2019

196 Victoria, Cape Town | 25 Jan – 27 Feb 2019

Tanya Bonello is a mixed media abstract artist who works primarily with gypsum, oil paint and found objects.

She gathers inspiration from History, Geology, Astronomy, Physics, Botany, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Art  and daily life experiences’


Series | Resonance, 2018

Everything in the Universe moves, vibrates and travels in circular patterns – from corpuscle and electron,
atom and molecule, to worlds and universes, everything is in vibratory motion tuned together, resonating.

Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.


Series | Synthesis, 2017

Synthesis – via Latin, from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai, ‘place together’ – the union or combination of components or elements to form a connected whole. A poetic union of mystery and beauty.

The Symposium is a philosophical text written in Ancient Greek by Plato (c. 385–380 BC). It concerns itself at one level with the genesis, purpose and nature of love. Love is examined in a sequence of speeches made by the seven individuals attending the symposium.


Series | Transcend, 2016

To Transcend – to be or go beyond the range or limits of a field of activity or conceptual sphere. To rise above, to surpass, to eclipse, to overcome limitations that are physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual.

“The Philosophy (of Nature) is written in that great book which ever is before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols in which it is written. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.”  — Galileo Galilei




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