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Wednesday’s Wise Woman … Maria Bonomi

August 15, 2012

Maria Bonomi born 1935 is an Italo/Brazilian artist, sculptor, writer, curator, set designer, costume designer and teacher. She came from Italy to Brazil in 1946 and settled in Sao Paulo.  She is the granddaughter of Giuseppe Martinelli the architect and builder of the first skyscraper in Latin America.  In the early 1950s Maria studied art with Yolanda Mohalyi and Karl Plattner.

After graduating she worked with Livio Abramo (1903-1992)  a Brazilian writer and designer of international acclaim.  He was a long standing member of the International Left Opposition an organisation lead by Leon Trotsky.  He had travelled to Europe funded by National Salon of Modern Art in 1950.  His work was strongly influenced by European Expressionism emerging in Germany at the time.
Maria held her first solo exhibition in 1956 in Sao Paulo and in the same year received a scholarship from Ingram – Merrill Foundation and studied in the Pratt Graphics Centre Institute in New York.  Then going on to study printmaking and art theory at Columbia University.
Back in Brazil in 1950 Maris attended an engraving workshop with Johnny Friedaender in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.  The following year she co-founded the Printing Studio with Livio Abramo assisting until 1964.
From 1970 Maria began sculpting and producing large panels for public spaces in Sao Paulo. In 1999 Maria studied for her PHD in Public Art System at the School of Arts at the University of Sao Paulo.
I not been able to discover much more about Maria Bonomi;  She was considered in Elizabeth Bishop’s book ‘Brazil’ as a leading engraver, woodcutter and lithographer among Fayga Ostrower, Roberto de Lamonica, Edith Behring and Anna Letycia in the late 1950s who were  who were contributing to the new abstract movement along with a minor school called neoconcretism.  

14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2012 1:37 pm

    I would like to contact Maria Bonomi as her grandfather Giuseppe Bonomi is a relative of my husband Renzo. Martinelli of Lucca, Italy. How Can I do this?

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