Jodi Bonassi was born in Los Angeles in the City of Angels. Bonassi's paintings and drawings explore diversity,ethnicity, and social circumstances. The work merges sketches and reference materials along with her imagination to create detailed drawings and paintings.
Originally an outsider artist, her work has grown exponentially as a drawing informed painter. Her desire to contribute to society on a deeper level has resulted in works that combine social realism, surreal figuration, and historical painting.
Exhibiting since 1991, her works garnered reviews,awards, and articles, locally and nationally. Well respected curator Peter Frank wrote, "Jodi Bonassi may be best known for her upbeat, rough hewn depictions of barber shops and other sites of public interaction, but here (in her drawings) she offers tender detailed and slightly strange drawings of children and other domestic figures. What she brings to this time honored practice is a sense of anxious, almost paranoid distortion(2012).
On "Chungking Alley" Mat Gleason quotes: "My impressions of the piece are that it asserts its own art historical narrative instead of submitting to academic structures and choices. An amazing dreamscape narrative with painterly precision. (2015, Genie Davis, "LA Art Scene Mural-On-Canvas")
Reviews include Diversions LA, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and more.
Public Artworks include CRA (Community Re-developement Agency) North Hollywood, Catholic Big Brothers, the Sunset Strip Guitar Project and more.
Shana Nyes Dambrot, Betty Brown, Peter Frank, Kent Twitchell, Ann Philbin, Mat Gleason, Franklin Sirmans, and Ali Subotnik are among the curators who have selected her works for exhibition.
Affiliated Gallery: Coagula Curatorial
A resume is available upon request