Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathaly Bonilla.
Nathaly, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m an illustrator and a tattoo artist from Venezuela. I initiate my career at age 15, drawing children books in Latin America. In 2010, I won the National Book Award for my work as an illustrator in my home country.
In 2016, I moved to the United States to take my art to a different scenario.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
All my pieces are created as a collaboration of ideas and feelings. My artwork is focused on flora, fauna and the female face around the world. I’m an advocate for social justice, constantly collaborating with other artists to support different social issues.
On June 8th, I organized and was part of the “Ink & Blooms” exhibition to support The Homeboy industries. This organization assists the rehabilitation process of men and women, helping them redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. On June 23rd, I opened an exhibition called “Brujeria” along with artist June Jung. All art sales were donated to the non-profit, anti-sexual assault organization RAINN.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Artists have always been inspired by their surroundings and the events that shape the world. The difference now is that thanks to social media, a lot of artists have a major reaching and a stronger voice to talk to thousands of people. In that sense, artists have the option to use their platform to voice their concerns and transform it into art, support social issues and warn others about specific situations.
Personally, I try to use my art as a tool to support as many causes as possible. I get fueled by the headlines but also by the stories of those who don’t necessarily have media coverage. I’m still trying to figure it out the best way to be helpful, positive and to inspire others to do better every day, thought my art.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
On August 10th, I’ll be launching my first solo show called “Empty Nest” at SugarMynt Gallery (810 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, California). The exhibition will be focused on a series of female portraits inspired by stories of people going through the empty nest syndrome. People can also see my artwork on my Instagram portfolio: https://www.instagram.com/nathalybonilla/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathalybonilla/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nathalybonilla/
Artist profile picture by Marianne Tuukkanen.