BRATSA BONIFACHO: Return to Babylonia
Bratsa Bonifacho, English Bay Sunset, 36 X 36 inches, acrylic on canvas.
EXHIBITION AT BAU-XI VANCOUVER | OCTOBER 15 - 29, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2-4PM
ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE
Bratsa Bonifacho's interest in communication and cultural identity is the foundation for his latest exhibition, Return to Babylonia. A fascination with Akkadian, the ancient language of a Babylonia, led the artist to explore the triangle and line motifs of the alphabet. A breaking-up and bursting of the iconic grid patterning and Roman alphabet of the artist's seminal "Habitat Pixel" series, Bonifacho's latest paintings deconstruct and splay the recognizable shape of letters, numbers and symbols into blooms of cacophonous colour.
Return to Babylonia also features a sub-series of thirty-one 13 X 13 inch "Tablet" paintings inspired by the palette board he uses to mix paint. Pure, rich oils collide, blend, rise and fall on the tablet surface effectively underscoring or disguising letters and numbers of the Roman alphabet.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bratsa Bonifacho is a senior artist based in Vancouver, Canada. His work is held in many private, corporate and permanent museum collections across five continents. Major collections held include the Canadian Embassy in Argentina, Museum of Modern Art in Yugoslavia, the National Museum of Serbia and the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa.
Internationally recognized for his deeply layered abstract paintings, an intense interest in technology, communication and cultural identity is at the forefront of his current artistic practice.
Bonifacho joined Bau-Xi Gallery in 1998 and affiliate gallery, Foster/White Gallery in Seattle in 2004.