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Gustavo Bonevardi



b. 1960 New York - lives in New York City

Trained as an architect with a degree from Princeton University, Gustavo Bonevardi’'s artistic practice ranges from the meticulous to the monumental.  Working on a small scale, Bonevardi is known for his “letter drawings,” graphite images in which a multitude of minute, yet precise letters of the alphabet tumble, spill, and stretch their way across the paper’s surface, creating undulating patterns or precise forms which, when viewed from a distance, conceal their miniscule components. 

Bonevardi draws on his architectural background when working on his large-scale urban projects. These include the memorial, Tribute in Light (conceived in 2001 and illuminated each year in New York City in commemoration of September 11th), and 10,000 Flower Maze (2011).  This later work, a temporary project commissioned for Shenzhen's Citizen Plaza in China, was inspired by the European maze garden commissioned by Emperor Qialong in 1756.  The work consisted of thousands of orange traffic safety cones arranged in patterns across the public space. 

In 2015, his latest body of work was shown in a solo exhibition, Fictions, at Cecilia de Torres, Ltd.  His large-scale drawing, Falling (2007-2009), was recently included in the first group exhibition ever to be held at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, entitled Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11.


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Gustavo Bonevardi's upcoming group exhibition Gustavo Bonevardi's upcoming group exhibition

We are pleased to announce Gustavo Bonevardi's upcoming group exhibition:

The Springs Artist's Exhibition, 50th Annual Invitational, Ashawagh Hall, East Hamptons, NY

On view through August 20, 2017

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Gustavo Bonevardi's upcoming group exhibition Gustavo Bonevardi's upcoming group exhibition

We are pleased to announce Gustavo Bonevardi's upcoming group exhibition:

"Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11" at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York

Opening Reception: Monday, September 12 at 6pm.

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Gustavo Bonevardi's exhibition at Sicardi Gallery Gustavo Bonevardi's exhibition at Sicardi Gallery

We are pleased to announce Gustavo Bonevardi's current group exhibition:

Stories About Place, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas.

On view August 30-October 18, 2014

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Gustavo Bonevardi Exhibition at Fundacion Alon Gustavo Bonevardi Exhibition at Fundacion Alon

The gallery is pleased to announce that Gustavo Bonevardi will exhibit his work at Fundación Alon para las Artes in Buenos Aires.

The exhibition will open May 21, 2012 at Viamonte 1465, piso 10, Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information visit http://www.fundacionalon.org/

Exhibition review by Marcela Costa Peuser for Arte al Dia (Number 140, 2012)


Gustavo Bonevardi at the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism Gustavo Bonevardi at the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism

Gustavo Bonevardi, along with associate John Bennett, has participated in 2011's Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism creating the "Special Plaza Project: 10,000-FLOWER MAZE". The project consisted of a temporary installation built entirely of orange safety cones.

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