BEA BONAFINI

Born in Bonn, Germany in 1990.
Italian artist living and working in London.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Twin Waves. Operativa, Rome.
2019
Chimère, Chloe Salgado, Paris.
Talk to the Hand, Bosse & Baum, London
Arte fiera Bologna, Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea
2018
Ogni Pensiero vola, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Shed Shreds. Lychee One Gallery, London.
2017
Dovetail’s Nest. Zabludowicz Collection, Invites, London.
A World of One’s Own. Fieldworkds Gallery, London.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Waves Between Us. Fondazione Sandretto, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene. Curated by Alison Karasyk,Camille Regli, Katie Simpson – Young Curators Residency Programme 2020
In Stitches. Larsen Warner, Stockholm.
Transatlantico. Mana Contemporary, New Jerseay.
The Thicker the Woods, the Vaster the Vista. Nevven Gallery, Gothenburg.
March Mostra. British School at Rome.
2019
Adieu to Old England the Kids Are Alright. Choi and Lager, Cologne.
Dusseldorf Art Fair. Choi and Lager gallery, Dusseldorf.
December Mostra, British School at Rome.
Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan
2018
Premio Lissone, Lissone, Italy
Bone Memory, Lychee One, London
FEŸ Rencontres, Art Festival. Burgundy, France
Memories Arrested in Space, Italian Cultural Institute, London. Curated by ARTUNER
(Two-person) Giotto’s Room, with Aisha Christison. Post_Institute, London. Curated by Lucy Von Goetz
(Two-person) Garageland, with Anne Ryan. The Rectory Projects, London
Searching for Myself Through Remote Skins. Renata Fabbri, Milan. Curated by Bianca Baroni Sans Titre, Hotel Louisiane, Paris. Curated by Marie Madec
Hot Milk, Post Institute, Von Goetz, London
Et Refaire Le Monde… Galerie Bessieres, Paris, Chatou
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Roaming Projects, London. Curated by Paloma Proudfoot and Lindsey Mendick
40-40-40. Soho House London. Curated by Fenella Brownlee
2017
The Ned. 7 female artists to represent the 7 top female CEOs in the UK. Curated by Kate Bryan.
Ripe. Kingsgate Workshop, London. Curated by Eleanor Davies.
Mise-en-scene. Chelsea Waterside Artspace, London. Curated by Yvonne Feng.
Dik Piks. Ladybeck, Leeds UK. Curated by Suzy Babington.
La Diablesse. Tramps Gallery, London. Curated by Jerusha West, Sarah Batey and Simone Kennedy-Doig.
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)?
J Hammond Projects, London.
Curated by Will Rees and Hamish Pearch.
Penelope. Curated by Alix Janta and Lauren Jones. 46 Gallery, London.
2016
Summer Blue. Lychee One Gallery, London. Curated by Jonathan Miles.
Royal College of Art Graduate Show. London.
At Home Salon: Double Acts. Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot. Curated by Lana Bountakidou.
Paper, Publication, Performance. Lychee One Gallery, London. Curated by Jonathan Miles.
2015
The Behaviour of Being. Group exhibition from the Beekeeper’s Residency at Cob Gallery, curated by Mia Pfeifer.
Two Hundred Acres. Group exhibition of RCA students. Pump House Gallery,
London. Curated by Anna Clifford.
Rift Banquet. Performance at AYA Peckham, London. Curated by Leo Cohen.
ScreenSaver. Group Video Exhibition and co-curation. Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art.
RCA Secret. Group Exhibition. Dyson Gallery. Royal College of Art.
15th Cypriot Contemporary Dance Festival. Commissioned the performance of In the Likeness Of… Rialto Theatre, Limassol, Cyprus.
Exposiçao Lar. Group Exhibition curated by Paola De Ramos. Curitiba, Brazil.
Resolutions!2015. The Place Theatre, London. Performance of In the Likeness Of…
2014
Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. E122 Banquet Performance. Cock ‘N’ Bull Gallery, London.
Arts Atrium, Twitter HQ. Group Exhibition organised by the London Sculpture Workshop.
The Scars are Not Just Skin Deep, Group Exhibition curated by Mia Pfeifer. Cob Gallery, London.
Slade School of Fine Arts Degree Show. London.
2013
On/Off. Performance Event. Vibe Gallery, London
Slade Print Fair. Group exhibition and performance. Slade Research Centre, London.
Anthropophagi. Two-person exhibition with Paola De Ramos. 26 Greek Street,
London.
Tate Modern. Invitation by the Board Director of the UAL Development Council.
St Martins School of Art & Design Degree Show. Collaboration with Cecilia Granara.
Elegy. Guest Project Space. Group exhibition and performance. Curated by Leo Cohen.
Camden Arts Center London. Performance Event organised by the Slade School of Fine Art.
Bodies of Silence. Platform, London. Performance. Curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.
The Strange Impression of Seeing Things. Group exhibition and performance. Mile End Art Pavilion, London.
2012
Camden Arts Centre, London. Performance Art Event organised by the Slade.
Platform 1. Performance Art Event organised by the Slade. Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2020
Finalist Talent Prize, Rome
Rosa Lee Travel Grant, British School at Rome
Abbey Scholarship, British School at Rome
2019
Finalist Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan
La Berlugane-Maleki Residency and Commission. Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
(Official invitation-only selection) Premio Lissone / Lissone Prize
2018
Platform Southwark Studio Residency, London
FIBRA Artist Residency, Colombia. Curated and co-produced with Mia Pfeifer
Participating artists include: Laurence Owen / Dan Coopey / Adeline
de Monseignat / Lindsey Mendick / Pablo de Laborde / Alix Janta / Bea Bonafini / Charlotte Colbert
2017
Fieldworks Studio Residency. London.
2016
Villa Lena Residency. Tuscany, Italy.
Commendation, West Dean Tapestry Commission
2014-16
Leverhulme Scholarship
2015
The Beekeepers Art Residency. Portugal. In collaboration with curator Mia Pfeifer and Cob Gallery London.
Stapely Trust Grant
O2 Think Big Grant
2014
Slade Prize
2010
Salzburg Academy of Fine Art Scholarship

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Studio Talks, BEA BONAFINI, interview with Malte Bülskämper, 2021
The Silver Stream. Programme hosted by Byzantia Harlow, Podcast, Soho Radio, 2021
The Glossary. Art Curator Kate Bryan reveals the 7 artists to watch in 2021, words by Kate Bryan, 2021
Émergent Magazine. In the studio with Bea Bonafini, words by James Ambrose, 2020
SHE CURATES. INTERVIEW with Mollie E. Barnes, 2020
CURA. BEA BONAFINI, TWIN WAVES ≈ ONDE GEMELLE, 2020
Lottozero, Portrait: Bea Bonafini, Interview with Lottozero, 2020
Harper’s Bazaar, Creative Class of Rome, Directed by Chiara R. Bini, 2020
The British School at Rome, March Mostra, Interview with Art Director Marta Pellerini, 2020
Azzurro 3 (A3), Featured Artists: Bea Bonafini, 2020
The British School at Rome, December Mostra, Meet the Artist, Interview with Art Director Marta Pellerini, 2019
The Frieze Futurist Cookbook, Specially commissioned recipes by nine artists. Frieze Magazine, Issue 205, September 2019, p. 121
Christopher Knowles, “The Frieze Futurist Cookbook, Specially commissioned recipes by nine artists, including Otobong Nkanga, Heather Phillipson and Rirkrit Tiravanija, ranging from abstract to delectable”, Frieze, 2019
Damiano Gullì, “Pittura Lingua Viva” interview. Artribune, 2019
Louisa Elderton, “Bea Bonafini: Talk to the Hand”, Bosse & Baum, 2019
Janine Wixforth, “Interview with emerging artist Bea Bonafini”,  ARTPIQ, Jan 2019
“The Italian Open: Guglielmo Castelli, Bea Bonafini. Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin”, Artland, 2019
“Bea Bonafini, Maje Mellin and Bernice Nauta at JosédelaFuente / Santander, Spain” Daily Lazy, 2019
Artist’s diary, “I (never) explain #13 – Bea Bonafini”, ATP Diary, Dec 2018
Wall Street International magazine, “I’m not an island, I’m a body of water”, Dec 2018
Elena Bordignon, “I corpi in caduta di Bea Bonafini. Citazioni, incontri, trasformazioni: le figure ambigue di Bea Bonafini da Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea”, ATP Diary, Nov 2018
KubaParis:  Zeitschrift fur junge Kunst, “Bea Bonafini @ Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan”, Dec 2018
Wall Street International magazine, “Bea Bonafini”, Dec 2018
Leda Lunghi, Muse Contemporanee, “RENATA FABBRI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA : BEA BONAFINI, OGNI PENSIERO VOLA”, Muse Contemporanee, 2018
Alei Journal, “Bea Bonafini”, Monography published by Aleï Journal, created by Daphné Mookherjee and Mélodie Zagury, studio view by Andreas Lumineau,  interview by Indira Beraud, Oct 2018
Maïlys Celeux-Lanva, “Au château du Feÿ, un cocktail énergisant d’art et de vie”, BeauxArts, 2018
Giulio Brusati, page 71 “L’arte come esperienza intima e interiore”, Carnet Verona, June 2018
Leah Stewart, “A Mutation of Fortune”, 2018, http://lycheeone.com/wp/a-mutation-of-fortune-leah/
John Bingham, “Bea Bonafini: Functionality and The Aesthetic“, 2018,
http://www.john-bingham.com/interviews/2018/1/9/bea-bonafini
Rosie Footitt, “10 Questions Bea Bonafini”, Banshee, issue 2, 2017, pp.138-139
Grace Banks, “Holy Order: Bea Bonafini creates a non-religious chapel in London”,
Wallpaper, 2017, https://www.wallpaper.com/art/bea-bonafini-dovetails-nest-the-zabludowicz-collection
Paul Luckcraft, “Dovetail’s Nest: interview with Bea Bonafini”, Zabludowicz Collection, 2017, https://www.zabludowiczcollection.com/uploads/files/ZC_Invites-Leaftlet_BEA_Digital.pdf
Marcelle Joseph, “Marcelle Joseph interviews Bea Bonafini”, FAD Magazine, 2017, http://fadmagazine.com/2017/06/15/marcelle-joseph-interviews-artist-bea-bonafini/
Vanessa Murrell, “Interview with Bea Bonafini”, Dateagle Art, 2017, https://www.dateagleart.com/beabonafini
Bea Bonafini, commissioned 21 illustrations for “Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey Through Sweden Vol I & II” by Selma Lagerlof, Norvik Press, 2013

TEACHING

2018
October Gallery, Artist Facilitator and workshop leader.
2011 – 17
Private Art Tutoring. UK Tutors, Tutorfair and First Tutors agencies, all ages.
2015
Workshop Leader. ReachOut RCA. Widening participation program. Royal
College of Art.
Commissioned to design and lead art workshops to secondary school students,
The Garden Tapestry, Pump House Gallery. Commissioned to design and lead public workshops for two months at the
gallery, which lead to a collective piece exhibited at the gallery.
2013 – 14
Teaching Assistant. Slade School of Fine Art. Assisted a Slade PhD Student in leading a widening participation art course for 17 A-level students

EDUCATION

2014-16 MA in Painting. Distinction. Royal College of Art, London.
2010-14 BA in Fine Art. 1st Class Honours. Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.
2009-10 Foundation in Art & Design Diploma. Chelsea College of Art & Design.
2009-2010 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art, Austria