Biography

BIOGRAPHY
BONZANOS Art Group

Stefano Bonzano, born in Casale Monferrato (AL) on December 26th 1965, received his degree in architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1990.
His career as an artist and designer took off in 1994 when he began exhibiting his work in various group and solo shows, but it was only in 2014 that he along with his daughter Elisa and son David established the Bonzanos Art Group.
Elisa Bonzano, born in Casale Monferrato (AL) on October 13th 1997 and a graduate of the Liceo Artistico Ambrogio Alciati in Vercelli, has been studying at NABA (Nuova Accademia Belle Arti) in Milan since 2017.
Davide Bonzano, born in Casale Monferrato (AL) on March 23rd 1999, is studying at the technical high school “Sobrero di Casale Monferrato”.
The artistic projects of the Bonzanos group demonstrate how within the panorama of contemporary art, figurative art is still innovative and necessary for capturing the fundamental formal significance of the visible and invisible signs generated by sensory and emotional experiences on the human body.
“The human body is understood as an interactive form of architecture connecting the individual to others, myself to the universe. This vessel of questions and doubts is the visible form and tangible substance of that which is invisible and imperceptible in the human being: emotions, consciousness, and the spiritual life.
The three members of the group consider themselves “investigators” within an artistic discipline that they define as “emotional physiognomics”.
Traditional pseudoscientific physiognomy wished to deduce the psychological and moral character of people from their physical appearance and facial features. “Emotional physiognomics, on the other hand, is the study of signs caused by emotions on the human body, testimony of an inner spiritual life.
Emotions that have been experienced generate expressive signs that trigger a process of transfiguration even in genetically determined physical forms.
The revelation of these signs, which can perhaps be represented only through artistic intuition, is a testament to the relation between material existence and emotional experience, a sort of photographic rendering of an inner spiritual life.
The Bonzanos depict emotions generated by conscience through signs constituted from threads that reinstate human figures in space—animated bodies, sometimes on reflective surfaces, in which they find their own mirror-like half, their own companion, or their own “double.”

The mirror, a metaphor for “the here” and “the beyond,” serves at times as a key to the Bonzanos’ work. This sort of “breach” in boundaries assists in the completion of sculpture, incorporating into the work itself the surrounding space, which, along with the dimension of time, constitutes the mysterious “cage” in which the human being is compelled to carry on its existence.”(text by Linda Kaiser)
Antique Celestial Atlases (principally that of Andreas Cellarius published in 1660) often turn up in the Bolzanos’ work both as representations of actual geographical locations of humanity in the cosmos, and as a metaphor for the spiritual voyage of a human type.

From a cultural and poetic perspective, the choice of celestial atlases is not a random one: the representation of the geography of celestial space, one of the most beautiful things ever produced by man, was published in monumental format, and, over the course of centuries, has absorbed the philosophical, artistic, theological, mathematic, physical, and astronomical ideas of the greatest geniuses of the human species.

On the one hand, Celestial atlases are poignant testimony to the inescapable human need to explore space (with the secret hope of discovering a superior order that will grant meaning to man’s own existence); on the other, they bear witness to a vestigial fear of the unknown that has led man to frame the geography of the Cosmos with reassuring images of culture, religion, myths, and dreams.

The very origin of the word Cosmos comes from the Greek κόσμος (kósmos), which means order and beauty, while in cosmology, it refers to the Universe
The Bonzanos Art Group has exhibited its work in solo and group shows both in Italy and abroad, including:

2017
Group exhibition, Rebuilding Space, curated by Nicolò Bonioni.
Castello di Casale Monferrato, Piazza Castello, Casale Monferrato 15030 (AL)
Group exhibition, Mutations, animated [Mutazioni anima-te] curated by the Lara e Rino Costa gallery.
Group event, EXPOARTE, Montichiari
Group exhibition, Galleria GUM, 2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

2016
Solo exhibition, BONZANOS Art Group, Joined by a Thread [Uniti da un filo], curated by Elena and Marika Riva.
Museo del legno Riva 1920, Via Milano 110, Cantù.

2015
Solo exhibition, BONZANOS Art Group. ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 17,
Kongresshaus Zurich, Kaiser Art.
Solo exhibition, Bonzanos Art Group, Kaiser Art, curated by Linda Kaiser.
Summer residence: Via Solimano 28, 16038, S. Margherita Ligure, Genoa, Italy
Solo exhibition. Bonzanos Art Group. Guardando oltre [Looking at Others], curated by Linda Kaiser.
Villa Vidua, Conzano Monferrato (AL) .
EXPO ARTE ITALIANA 2015 curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
Villa Bagatti Vareshi, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Varedo (MB).

Elisa Bonzano was a semi-finalist in the competition for the 2017 Giorgio Mondadori Art Prize.