Bea Bonafini

Bea Bonafini is a Rome and London based artist whose interdisciplinary practice draws from oneiric visions, overlapping personal and ancient mythologies. Her tactile, intimate worlds centre around sensuality, vulnerability and fantasy, forming swirling scenarios that are fragmented and multi-layered. Figures are evanescent and transcendental, referencing spiritual imagery where fluid bodies collide, disperse, swim, fly and fall. Bonafini's work expands the possibilities of painting, tapestry and sculpture and their interrelationships. Holistic perspectives are developed in close dialogue with architecture, where space is approached as an extension to the work to envelop the viewer. Acting as protected spheres, Bonafini's installations are openings to encounters between the earthly and the otherworldly.

Torre al Cerro, residency, Italy


Bea Bonafini
Born in 1990 in Bonn. Lives and works between Rome and London.



Royal College of Art – MA Painting



Slade School of Fine Art, UCL – BA Fine Art



Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL – Foundation in Art & Design Diploma
Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art, Austria



Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art – Painting course by Chinese Artist Li Songsong





La Berlugane-Maleki Residency and Commision, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France


Platform Southwark Studio Residency, London, UK

FIBRA Artist Residency, Colombia


Fieldworks Studio Residency, London, Uk



Villa Lena Residency, Tuscany, Italy


The Beekeepers Art Residency, Portugal


Awards and Grants


Pébeo Prize for Painting, Art-o-Rama, Marseille, France


Finalist Talent Prize, Rome

Rosa Lee Travel Grant

Abbey Scholarship, British School at Rome
Finalist Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan

Premio Lissone (Official invitation-only selection)

Leverhulme Scholarship, Royal College of Art


Stapely Trust Grant
02 Think Big Grant


Slade Prize


Salzburg Academy of Fine Art Scholarship


Solo/Duo Exhibitions


Solo at the Nosbaum Reding Gallery, Luxembourg
A Monstruous Fruit, Setareh, Berlin, Germany

Ghosts for a Post-modern Tale, LAAA, Mexico City, Mexico


Luna Piena (Stomaco Vuoto), Renata Fabbri, Milan, Italy
Sfiorare Fantasmi, Eduardo Secci, Florence, Italy


Twin Waves, Operativa, Rome, Italy



Chimère, Chloe Salgado, Paris, France

Talk to the Hand, Bosse & Baum, London, United Kingdom

Bologna Art Fair (Solo Booth), Renata Fabbri, Bologna


Ogni Pensiero Vola, Renata Fabbri Gallery, Milan, Italy

Giotto's Room, (with Aisha Christison), Post_Institute Von Goetz, London. Curated by Lucy von Goetz

Garageland, (with Anne Ryan), The Rectory Projects, London, Uk

Shed Schreds, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK


Dovetail's Nest, Zabludowicz Collection, Invites, London, UK

A World of One's Own, Fieldworks Gallery, London, UK



Anthropophagi, duo with Paola De Ramos, 26 Greek Street, London, UK




Group Exhibitions

Materia Nova & Spazio, curated by Massimo Mininni and Benedetta Monti, Galleria Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

Weeds Won't Wither, Jari Lager Gallery, Cologne, Germany

New Mythologies, Ohsh Projects in collaboration with King & McGaw, London, UK

Upon a Time, Eduardo Secci, Florence, Italy



The Artsy Vanguard Fourth Edition, curated by Erin Jenoa Gilbert, Miami, US

Psychic Anemone, Cob Gallery, London, UK

Salto in Altro, curated by Edoardo Monti, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

Artissima, Double V Gallery, Torino, Italy

June Mostra, British School at Rome, Italy

Worst Case Scenario, curated by Chloe Bonnie More, Paris, France

Quarantanove non è cinquanta, Vogue Italia, curated by Valentina Ciarallo, Italy

Latence, Boulevard Malesherbes, curated by Chloe Bonnie More, Paris, Italy



Waves Between Us, Fondazione Sandretto, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, curated by Alison Karaszk, Camille Regli, Katie Simpson – Young Curators Residency Programme

In Stitches, Larsen Warner, Stockholm, Sweden

Transatlantico, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, USA
The Thicker the Woods, the Vaster the Vista, Nevven Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden

March Mostra, British School at Rome, Italy


Adieu to Old England the Kids Are Alright, Choi and Lager, Cologne, Germany

Düsseldorf Art Fair, Choi and Lager Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

December Mostra, British School at Rome

Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

A Seed's Star, the Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

The Italian Open, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, Germany

Generation Y, Platform Foundation X, London
Tender Touches, AMP Gallery, London, UK

Subversive Stitch, TJ Boulting, London, United Kingdom

London Art Fair, Union Gallery, London United Kingdom

FIBRA, Post_Institute von Goetz, London, United Kingdom



Premio Lissone, Lissone, Italy

Bone Memory, Lychee One, London, United Kingdom

FEŸ Rencontres, Art Festival, Burgundy, France

Memories Arrested in Space, Italian Cultural Institute, London

Searching for Myself Through Remote Skins, Renata Fabbri, Milan

Et refaire le monde, Galerie Bessieres, Chatou, Paris, France

If You Can Stand the Heat, Romaing Projects, London, UK


40-40-40, Soho House London, UK
Ripe, Kingsgate Project Space, London, UK

Dik Piks, Ladybeck, Leeds, UK
Le Diablesse, Tramps Gallery, London
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Over Night?), J Hammond Projects, London, UK
Penelope, 46 Gallery, London, UK

Summer Blue, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK
Royal College of Art Graduate Show, London, UK
At Home Salon : Double Acts, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot, UK
Paper, Publication, Performance, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK




The Behaviour of Being, group exhibition from the Beekeeper's Residency, Cob Gallery, London, UK

Two Hundred Acres, group exhibition of RCA students, Pump House Gallery, London, UK

Rift Banquet, performance at AYA Peckham, London, UK

ScreenSaver, group video exhibition and co-curation, Dyson Gallery, RCA, London, Uk

RCA Secret, group exhibition, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, Uk

15th Cypriot Contemporary Dance Festival, commissioned the performance of In the Likeness Of… Rialto Theatre, Limassol, Cyprus

Exposiçao Lar, group exhibition curated by Paola De Ramos, Curitiba, Brazil

Resolutions!2015, The Place Theatre, London, Performance of In the Likeness Of…



Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, E122 Banquet Performance, Cock ‘N' Bull Gallery, London, UK

Arts Atrium, Twitter HQ, group exhibition organised by the London Sculpture Workshop, London, UK

The Scars are Not Just Skin Deep, group exhibition, Cob Gallery, London, UK

Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show, London, UK



On/Off, performance event, Vibe Gallery, London, UK

Slade Print Fair, exhibition and performance, Slade Research Centre, London, UK

Tate Modern, Invitation by the Board Director of the UAL Development Council, London UK

St Martins School of Art & Design Degree Show, London, UK

Elegy, Guest Project Space Group exhibition and performance, curated by Leo Cohen

Camden Arts Center London, Performance Event organised by the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

Bodies of Silence, Platform, London, UK (Performance)

The Strange Impression of Seeing Things, Group exhibition and performance, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK


Camden Arts Centre, Performance Art Event organised by the Slade, London, UK

Platform 1, Performance Art Event organised by the Slade, Bloomsbury Theatre, London, UK