Bonnin lives and works in Puerto Rico, a place of rich colors and breathtaking landscapes that stimulates and provides great context to his vibrant artwork. From an early age, he began to show great interest and curiosity for the arts, as photography, drawing, and cinema fascinated. This vocation to design led him to study architecture at the California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, California.
In the 80s, the artist collided with diverse cultural and experimental movements in the west coast and then, in 1991, began his studies in Vico Morcote, Switzerland, where he was exposed directly to a fierce, new culture and intensely studied the cubist architecture of the former Czech Republic. This was a defining moment, as the area’s urban architectural environment of painting, sculpture and drawing set forth a permanent footprint in his aesthetic viewpoint.
He then returned to Puerto Rico as a graduate architect, working in a number of large-scale projects with his brother Javier in Bonnin Orozco Arquitectos. In his continuous desire for experimentation and in the search for greater freedom of expression, he begins to paint. An accomplished architect and designer, Bonnin has honed impressive design skills through his professional craft, and brings a highly educated and methodical approach to his artwork, combining geometry, proportion, balance, and perspective in ways that only an architectural visionary can. Meanwhile, his wild imagination and charismatic personality are clearly present on the canvas, producing impressive grand-scale works that mesmerize and stimulate. Each canvas – whether 2′ or 10′ wide – is transformed into a new scene of wonder and depth, where viewers can explore another dimension of sights (and even sounds) and go with him on a ride of layers, colors, and texture. Although he mostly works with oil on acrylic, his work consists of a constant exploration of technique, texture and varied approaches to his medium.