Bea Bonafini

ART RUG PROJECTS
Bea Bonafini
Bea Bonafini

ABOUT

Bea Bonafini is a Rome and London-based artist whose work expands the possibilities of painting, tapestry and sculpture.

Soutzoglou Carpets is pleased to have collaborated with Bea Bonafini on several Art Rug Projects, with exhibitions and special commissions across 5 countries. The Art Rugs from these collaborations are hand-tufted in bamboo silk and wool and play with altering pile heights and carving. Bea’s practice draws from oneiric visions, overlapping personal and ancient mythologies. She creates tactile, intimate worlds centre around sensuality, vulnerability and fantasy, forming swirling scenarios that are fragmented and multi-layered. Figures are evanescent and transcendental, referencing spiritual imagery where fluid bodies collide, disperse, swim, fly and fall.

ART RUG PROJECTS EXHIBITIONS

Special Commission, Six Senses [Rome]
Setareh Gallery [Berlin]
Nosbaum Reding Gallery [Luxembourg]
Kristin Hjellegjerde [London]
Bosse & Baum Gallery [London]
WAG [Hydra]

BIO

Bea Bonafini [b. 1990, Bonn, Germany]. She graduated from MA painting from the Royal College of Art in London (2016) and BA Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art in London (2014). Her work can be found in various private and public collections such as the Maleki Collection, The Fondazione Monti Collection, Brescia, Italy and The Jonkoping Council Collection, Sweden. She received her MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2016.

Recent solo exhibitions: Acque Amare, ALA Art Foundation (2023); Il Chiostro Animato, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome (2022); A Monstrous Fruit, Setareh, Berlin (2022); Animals Of Your Lips, Bosse & Baum, London (2022); Unearthly, Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg (2022); Ghosts for a Post-Modern Tale, LAAA, Mexico City (2022); Luna Piena (Stomaco Vuoto), Renata Fabbri, Milan (2021); Sfiorare Fantasmi, Eduardo Secci, Florence (2021); Twin Waves, Operativa, Rome (2019); Chimère, Chloe Salgado, Paris (2018); Shed Shreds, Lychee One, London (2018); and Dovetail’s Nest, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2017).

Recent group exhibitions: Diario Notturno, MAXXI, L’Aquila (2023); Italian Painting Today, Triennale Milano (2023); Imagina, Biennale di Gubbio (2023); Horizon of the Void, Artocène, Chamonix (2023); Coppa di Stelle nel Cerchio del Sole, Palazzo Abatellis Museum, Palermo (2022); Fondazione per l’Arte, Rome (2022); Kristen Hjellegjerde, London (2022); The Artsy Vanguard Fourth Edition, Miami (2021); Fondazione Sandretto, Guarene (2020); Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale Milan (2019); and Memories Arrested in Space, The Italian Cultural Institute, London (2018).

EXHIBITIONS

[Under] Black Earth

ART RUG PROJECTS x Bea Bonafini

[Under] Black Earth

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Unearthly

ART RUG PROJECTS x Bea Bonafini

Unearthly

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Twisted

ART RUG PROJECTS x Bea Bonafini

Twisted

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Labyrinth

ART RUG PROJECTS x Bea Bonafini

Labyrinth

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A Monstrous Fruit

ART RUG PROJECTS x Bea Bonafini

A Monstrous Fruit

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