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Jose Bonell

1989 Barcelona, Spain

3 Works exhibited

Current location

Barcelona, Spain

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  • About the Artist

José Bonell
Born in 1989 in Barcelona, Spain
Publisher Painter & Projects at Unica Editions
I am a painter and project editor for Unica Edicions, an independent publisher of artists' books.

My solo and group exhibitions include Victor Saavedra Gallery, Barcelona; Jorge Alcolea-Nonell Gallery, Barcelona; Vila Casas Foundation, Barcelona; ShowHouse Jay Jay, Antwerp; Esther Montoriol Gallery, Barcelona; La Sala Contemporary Art Center, Vilanova i la Geltrú; Carmen Thyssen Museum, Málaga, among others.

I have participated in art fairs such as Arts Libris 2020, Barcelona and Art & Breakfast # 3, Málaga.

I recently received the first prize in November Vitry 2020 (Vitry-sur-Seine) Currently I show my work at the Galeria Jorge Alcolea (Madrid) and in the fall I will exhibit my work individually at the Central, Artist-run -space located in Ardeche and the Municipal Gallery Jean-Collet in Vitry.


I often tackle settings where an emotion appears suggested through a historical or literary reference, a simple occurrence or the memory of something seen or experienced. They are common environments: organized interiors, landscapes...

In this mise-en-scène, I generally mix everyday objects that I force to the point of anthropomorphism and literary or historical characters in situations they have never known, always seeking that this first emotion remains linked to the limits of the painting by the same poetic balance of the tableau vivant.

In these settings, it is common to find doors, lamps, blankets, hidden characters ...

Objects and characters that are placed in situations or environments that may sometimes seem incongruous or absurd, but that, far from this apparent nonsense, allow me to deepen towards a deeper meaning: doors that look for their keys, gym benches that howl at the moon, lamps that celebrate with jets of light... I feel very close to the storyteller, a storyteller of small stories but without a clear story to tell, also far from the great pretensions to which great art aspires, navigating between narrative and humor, between the fantastic and the ordinary and also between reflection and anecdote.

As for my pictorial work, I feel a keen interest in the brushstroke and the gesture, a work of rapid appearance and economy of means which, like traditional oriental painting, helps me not to lose the freshness and to walk freely on an always biting surface. This is why I often start and finish my paintings in one sitting.

I am also interested in chromatic ranges and strong color shocks, diluting the fine line that exists between abstraction and representation.

Works by Jose Bonell

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65 x 81 cm

2150,00 €


33 x 41 cm

1100,00 €


162 x 130 cm

5500,00 €


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