Raymond Bonavida Biography - Artist Photographer Ray Bonavida - About
Raymond Bonavida is a 2019 emerging artist whose work is inspired by a philosophical interest in the complexities of light and the modern dynamics of urban culture and development. His approach to fine art photography incorporates light itself as a compositional subject as he combines expressionism with realism in an effort to explore the subjective nature of reality.
Raymond’s interest in photography began in Los Angeles with a 35mm Minolta and an early education in darkroom techniques. His appreciation for the art carried with him to UCLA where he majored in philosophy and psychology, pursuing questions of epistemology, cognition and human behavior. In 2015, in a radical departure from traditional photography, Raymond began incorporating philosophical ideas into a new body of work with themes of light, spacetime and urban development. This approach leverages long exposures and expressionism to create a visceral impact. Images that may appear surreal are in fact focused compositions of multiple slices of time, organically captured through a single exposure.
Raymond Bonavida is offering artwork for the first time in 2019 and quickly gaining attention for his unique aesthetic. Moondance, the first work in an ongoing series exploring our relationship with the moon, was recently shown at LA Artcore's 5th Annual Juried Exhibition in Los Angeles and will be on exhibit in the fall of 2019 at both the Arc Gallery in San Francisco and the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery in Washington. The second work of this series, 'Moondance no.2', just concluded an exhibit at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in Indiana and was also recently selected for the 20th Annual Wills Creek Exhibition of Fine Art in Maryland as well as Art Through the Lens at the Yeiser Art Center in Kentucky. Raymond's debut full series, 'Postmodern San Francisco' offers a fresh perspective with a deep color palette set against the black of night. One of the pieces, 'San Francisco Lifelines', was recently exhibited at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in Massachusetts, and 'The Bay Lights no.2' received third in photography at the 55th Annual Newport Beach Exhibition in California. 'Golden Gate Lights' was a winner of the National Competition 2019 and was recently on exhibit at the Soho Photo Gallery in Manhattan, New York.