Jodi Bonassi is a self-taught, Los Angeles born artist. Her main form of expression is drawing and painting. After the birth of her son Spencer in 1991, she was motivated to pursue a professional art career. Now, she continues to exhibit and produce work out of her studio in Canoga Park. Her barbershop paintings and drawings of children that capture daily life and emotions of people in chaotic settings are he most noted pieces.
Jodi has exhibited locally and nationally since 1992. Her career has been rigorous, providing artwork for public and private purposes, a long list of publications, on a range of materials from paper to painted assemblage. The work is an ongoing conversation that people can engage in. It transcends time while still documenting a place, allowing the viewer to feel connected to the human experience of communal exchanges.
Jodi Bonassi’s work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, The Chronicle Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily News, Flavorpill, Lark and other papers. Her work has been published in Studio Visit Magazine, Hair’s How Magazine (Personal interview and published images, Fall issue 2012), Our Ever Changing World (2013) by Karrie Ross, and Zocalo Public Square (2014, published her article along with images for their online periodicals), Art and Living (2007), Art Calendar Magazine (2005 cover), Harpers Magazine (2002), 2007 Emerging Artist Calendar.
In 2013 she had a solo exhibit at Gallery 825, for her tender drawings of children in today’s world. In 2010, Jodi was commissioned by the Lou Adler Family to paint on a 10-foot fiberglass guitar, which was exhibited as public art for 1 year in front of the Rainbow Grill on Sunset Blvd. It sold at Julian’s Auction in the top ten bids and the proceeds went to children’s charities. The guitar was also featured in a vignette on “Storage Wars”, a popular TV show. Her work was also spotted on a reality show that held their engagement party at 3Twenty Wine Lounge.
Noted curators who have selected her works are Jack Rutberg, Jonathan Green, Peter Frank, Ann Philbin, Rita Gonzalez, Cliff Benjamin (2008) Western Projects, Mat Gleason, Franklin Sirmans, Ali Subotnik (2010), and other noteworthy curators. All of her work centers on cultural diversity, and our common desire to reach out and connect to others. She was awarded the Hans Burkhart Memorial Scholarship, the University Scholar award and other awards connected to her art practice. She is a dedicated artist whose work has merited inclusion in the Alchemy of Art Exhibition juried by esteemed Los Angeles critic, Peter Frank. Other noted curators who have selected her work in juried gallery exhibits in Los Angeles are Ann Philbin (from the Hammer Museum, gallery 825 Open Show, 2006), Cliff Benjamin ( "Out There", LAAA, 2008), Bert Green of Bert Green Fine Art ("Out There", Gallery 825, 2009), and Marc Pachter from the Smithsonian Institute(Best Painting Award, Cambridge Prize Show, 2003.