Olivia Bonilla

Artist Statement

Creating a world where color theory meets contemporary sculpture. My work explores personal nostalgia and indulgence through references to sweets, toy culture, and 80’s and 90’s retro flare. Using cement as my medium, I’m interested in the idea of excess in today’s throwaway society. Conveying the never-ending cupcake in a “sugar coated” reality. Reflective of todays world of over stimulation and re-appropriated ideas. Sprinkled pills, oversized diamonds, toys of an era, splashed with glitter and a wet gloss finish. My sculptures explore the feeling of a lustful indulgence and emotional desire, a combination of glutinous shinny landscapes who reveal childhood colors of cotton candy blue and bubble gum pink.

“If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.  – Paulo Coelho

“Art is not about itself but the attention we bring to it” – Marcel Duchamp

Artist Bio

Olivia Bonilla is an east coast painter and sculptor born in Vermont in 1992. She runs a studio practice in the New Haven area. Bonilla received her BFA in painting, with a minor in sculpture, from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She has been a recipient of the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship along with the Chandler Scholarship in the years attending her BFA. Bonilla has participated in shows at the Affordable Art Fair NYC 2019, The Venue Art Hotel in Charleston SC and the Annual City Wide Open Studios, New Haven CT. Current representation by Miller Gallery in Charleston South Carolina, Fabrik Projects in Los Angeles and Anna Sweet Gallery in Key West.