Lucas Bononi

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Lucas Bononi

Aged 27

Grand Central Atelier

Instructor(s): Jacob Collins, Colleen Barry, Will St. John, Gregory Mortenson

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  • Artworks


oil on panel

24 x 18 x 1 1/2 ins (60.96 x 45.72 x 3.81 cms)


oil on panel

18 x 14 x 1 1/2 ins (45.72 x 35.56 x 3.81 cms)


charcoal on paper

24 x 18 x 0 ins (60.96 x 45.72 x 0.19 cms)


oil on panel

28 x 40 x 1 1/2 ins (71.12 x 101.6 x 3.81 cms)


oil on panel

30 x 20 x 1 1/2 ins (76.2 x 50.8 x 3.81 cms)


oil on panel

27 x 19 x 1 1/2 ins (68.58 x 48.26 x 3.81 cms)


graphite on paper

24 x 18 x 0 ins (60.96 x 45.72 x 0.19 cms)


graphite on paper

24 x 18 x 0 ins (60.96 x 45.72 x 0.19 cms)


oil on linen on panel

24 x 30 x 1 1/2 ins (60.96 x 76.2 x 3.81 cms)


oil on panel

24 x 18 x 1 1/2 ins (60.96 x 45.72 x 3.81 cms)

Art Renewal Center Scholarship Essay

     Was it a destiny or choice for me to pursue this love I have for oil painting? Since as early as I can remember I’ve dreamt of being skilled enough to transmit the beauty of human nature to the world and never turned back. Waking up every day I thank all the forces that have brought me to the “Grand Central Atelier”. This decision shortened the distance between me and this dream I call a “life’s pursuit”. Trying to be the very best I can possibly be at school resulted in a tough situation for me and my family to continue at GCA as a full-time student due to our financial situation. My constant exploration in the mystery of ontology has led me so far and as I push to continue. I’m so happy to learn new painting methods to formulate my investigation of the human condition and advance my career as an artist. With the financial resources necessary to have such a possibility would enable me to attend the 3rd Year Advanced Studies at GCA putting my hard work to the test. My future dreams are to bring awareness in painting as a valid everlasting medium of expression in the twenty-first century and on. This fascinating vehicle to transmit one’s message to the world should be cherished especially being one of last tangible art forms in our digital era. With all these concepts in mind I am eager to continue a legacy of classical painting in the contemporary world. In beginning to teach the atelier methods learned, it has been a revelation to me in just how important it is to pass this information to the next generation.



2019    Group Exhibition, Haynes Galleries, Franklin, TN

           Invitational Group Exhibition, Collins Galleries, Cape Cod, MA

2018    13th International ARC Salon Show, Sotheby's, Los Angeles, CA

           The New Nude, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL

           Contemporary Interpretations, Eleventh Street Arts, Long Island City, NY

           10 Years in Wonderland, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Figurative Group Exhibition, The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA

2017    12th International ARC Salon Show, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain

           Invitational Group Exhibition, Skye Gallery, Aspen, CO

2016   31st Anniversary Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2015   Clyde & Co's Art Project, Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

          Group Exhibition Curated by 111 Minna gallery, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA



2018   1st Place, Portrait Society of America Annual Competition Non-Commissioned Portrait

2018   2nd Place, Academy of Realist Art Boston Figure Painting Competition, Boston, MA

2017   Purchase Prize & Best in Show, Annual Exhibition, SCNY, New York, NY

2016   BoldBrush, Painting Competition Best in Show Award



2019   Grand Central Atelier, Certification Program: Drawing & Painting, Long Island City

2017   Academy of Art University, B.F.A in Fine Art Painting, San Francisco

2012   Universidad Museo Social Argentino, Fine Art Painting, Buenos Aires, Arentina

2011   Lorenzo di Medici, Fine Art Painting, Florence, Italy



2018   The Art Student's League of New York, Instructor, New York, NY

2016   Realism Painting Methodology, Guest Speaker, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA