Ross Bonfanti

By juxtaposing these materials he creates an arresting tension between the expectation of softness and the reality of hardness, between the fleeting and the permanent, between the memories of childhood and the stresses of adulthood.

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About Ross Bonfanti

Ross Bonfanti, a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, was born in 1969, Toronto, Canada. His work is held in many private collections across Canada, USA, Europe, Australia and Asia, notably Hirshhorn Museum Smithsonian Institute (Washington DC, USA) The Drake Hotel (Toronto, Canada) 21 C Museum Hotels (Louisville, Kentucky, USA), Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, Florida, USA), Canada Council for the Arts (ArtBank, Ottawa, Canada). His work is represented by galleries in London (England), New York City, Miami, Philadelphia (USA) and Toronto (Canada).

Using discarded stuffed toys and local thrift shops finds, artist Ross Bonfanti manipulates childhood objects to produce unique sculptures and mixed media works with concrete as a central medium. Each piece becomes an original, produced from a mass-produced object. Bonfanti links his own lifelong emotional experiences to his work while exploring themes commenting on commodity fetishism in our capitalist economy and the disposableness of consumer pop culture. By juxtaposing these materials he creates an arresting tension between the expectation of softness and the reality of hardness, between the fleeting and the permanent, between the memories of childhood and the stresses of adulthood. They are touched with both humour and pathos.

Press:
Notable.ca – Must See Exhibition Heavy Weightlessness

Education:
1993-1997 Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCAD Fine Art, Florence program) Toronto, ON

Collections:
21 C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA
Canada Council for the Arts, ArtBank, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Simon Blais, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC, Canada
Lawrence Benenson, NYC, NY
Beth Rudin DeWoody, NYC, NY
Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada
Private collections in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia

Work Related Experience:
2004-2008 Co-Founder of C1 Art Space, Toronto, ON
1999-2008 Co- Founder and Co-Director of AWOL Gallery & Studios, Toronto
1996-1999 Co-Founder of Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON

Reviews:
2009
“State of the Art” Toronto Star, What’s On Section, Thurs. July 9, 2009, section E,p.5

2008
“Affordable Art Fair cashes in on economic gloom” by Claudia Parsons, Reuters.com, News, Friday June 13/08
“Art me up” Smart Art, by Allison Williams, Time Out New York, Home Section, pg 44-45, June 5-11/08
“Art for buyers without lots of Monet”, by Maxine Shen, New York Post, Thursday June 12, 2008 pg 65
“Baby’s First Art Fair”, Red Dot/Art Now NYC, by Jacquelyn Lewis, ARTINFO.com, March 27,2008

2007
“The beautiful decay of fine art”, by Emily Lam, The Fulcrum, University of Ottawa Newspaper, Vol.68 Issue 12, Dec. 18, 2007
“In the picture: amazing art from $500”,by Eleanor Cowie, The Herald, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-18-07
“Cute Concrete Creatures” by Bjarke Madsen, Now Magazine, Culture in Toronto, Art Review, April 12-18,2007, Vol 26 No.32

2006
“Apples a la carte and fractured selves to go” by Anya Galkina, Show Magazine, (may / june) issue
“At The Galleries” by Peter Goddard, Toronto Star, (Sat. April 29/06) A&E H9

2005
“Big Picture 37” by RM Vaughan, National Post, (June 25, 2005) Toronto section

2004
“Great Outdoors” by Darren Altmayer, National Post, (July 10, 2004) vol.6, no.218, sec TO, p. 1
“Signs of the Unexpected” by Bridget O’Brien, Korean Times, (April 24, 2004) p.12

2003
“is it art” on Richardson’s Round up CBC Radio One Sept 30
“A reflection in praise of the human body” by Jennifer Febbraro (Go Figure review), Tandam, Vol. XLIX, # 256, pg. 12-13, Sept. 21
Whole Exhibition, Mix Independent Art and Culture Vol.28.4, pg.10
“Bush Babies” by Murray Whyte (BUY & SAVE AMERICA review), The Toronto Star , Fri. Jan. 24/03 A&E pgC14

2002
”Arts-Half Baked” by Thomas Hirshmann (Whole show review), Now Magazine, issue 1089 vol.22 no.13, Nov. 28-Dec 4, pg99
Best Bet by Joanne Huffa, Heavy Heads at 1080 BUS, Eye Magazine (Vol11, Iss 35), June 6

2001
Toronto Living with Flavio Belli, Channel 10 Rogers Cable (Interview and review about Standard show) Dec. 3rd-7th
“Arts- Picnic Picks” by Deirdre Hanna, Now Magazine, issue 998 vol.20, March, pg.69
Lola Magazine (summer issue 9) Shotgun Reviews of Blindness exhibition by Egon Von Bark, p72

2000
Art on Air with Elizabeth Fearon, CKLN Radio 88.1FM Nov. 23rd

1999
”Toronto’s Independant Art Scene” by Elizabeth Fearon (The Dumb Art Show), Artfocus Magazine (# 68 winter/spring issue) pg.26
Lola Magazine ( fall/winter issue 5 ) Shotgun Reviews, The Dumb Art Show by Egon Von Bark,p88
Lola Magazine (spring/summer issue) Shotgun Reviews of From A Hat by 5:17, pg.87
Quick Stop Art Spot with Chandra Bulucon, CKLN Radio 88.1FM (discussion on alternative galleries: AWOL Gallery) April

1998
Truck Stop 12 Art in Vans Collective, Mix Independent Art and Culture Vol. 24.3, pg.20
Quick Stop Art Spot with Chandra Bulucon, CKLN Radio 88.1FM (discussion on alternative show, Truck Stop 12) Nov.
Truck Stop 12 televised by City Pulse News, City TV, Oct. 11, 6pm
”Artists take their works to people friendly mall” by Miriam Sonati (review of Truck Stop 1) Globe & Mail, Oct. 12, Sec. A, pg.7
Eye Openers Art News Eye Magazine, (Truck Stop 12) 10/8/98