BIO

Alessandra Bonoli was born in 1956 in Faenza Italy, where she lives and works. In 1975 she graduated from the State Institute of Ceramic Art in Faenza and, in 1979, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna Italy.

My research stems from a passion for archeology, which led me to travel to sixty countries around the world. Among the ruins of ancient civilizations, I took notes, wrote poems and made plans for my sculptures.
Our ancients' lesson led me to see sculpture not only as an object to look at, but rather as a plastic spaceto be inhabited, where one could enter (both visually and physically) and interact with. A space in relation to nature and above all, to the sky, forwhichthe spacewould become a channel: a thread connecting the sky to the earth, the world of the invisible divine to the world of the visiblehuman.
Water is also an important element, which I often use in my installations. It is our primordial habitat, capable of reflecting and transporting, even memory.
What fascinates meabout ancient buildingsis the powerful geometry of sacred architectures, that challenges time and seems to embrace, within it, the whole mystery of the world.
My aimwould be to create large installations, with pathways both above and below the ground, vertically or horizontally. My shapes/spaces are deliberately essential, but not minimalist. Their bodies grow out of the traces of simple archetypes, in which vertical, horizontal, diagonal, circular, square, rhombic or triangular lines have formed the basis of architectural and plasticgeometry over time. A geometry that is never an end to itself (except in modern times) but rather in harmony with the world 'of the soul'.
To me color is very important, since every shape seeks its own color, and couldn’t have a different one. There is no same red, blue, green, oryellow; each color has infinite unique variations. Besides, I am interested in painted sculpture because it puts me in relationwith ancient sculpture, in the way it was first conceived.
The materials I use are: terracotta, colored concrete, oxidized or painted iron and sandstone. Some of these sculptures were made in large scale and others, on the contrary, in a medium or small format, both as prototypes and finished sculptures. Some of these have been turned into wearable jewelry.
I've chosen to work with heavy materials (carving stone, welding metalsand trimming them with an angle grinder, creating formworks for concrete and then shaping these by hand, or casting large structureswith clay andpropping them up with wooden scaffolding) because the contact with the material substancestimulates me to dream and always to searchfor new solutions. Furthermore, these sculptures were created mainly for the outdoor space, to challenge the weather, and cannot be ephemeral if the intention is to last in time.


Solo Shows

2018

Thunderbolts (permanent installation), by G. Pedullà e P. Fragomeni, Cavone Square - Siderno Superiore RC I

Kiss (permanent installation), by U. Corsucci, Sculpture Museum - Montefiore Conca Rn I

Notes from the woods, by Giorgio Fiumi, "Molinella" Civic Gallery of Modern Art - Faenza Ra I

Alessandra Bonoli, by A.Gamba, LIBA Gallery - Pontedera Pi I

2016

Coordinate - vertical notes, by A. Cochetti, Poerio Study Research and Documentation – Roma I

Die Struktur des unsichtbaren, by I. Mangold, Landratsamt Ostalbkreis Bildung und Kultur Aalen De

2014

Bonoli/Salti - Artist Residence, by J. Bildhauer, Gold and Silver Forum – Schwabisch Gmund De

Perimeter and Libra, by Anna Oggiano, Spazio (In)Visibile – Cagliari I

A seguire…, by D. Collovini, La Bottega Gallery  Gorizia I

2013

Drop (permanent installation), by E.Nonni, Open-Air Museum of the City - Faenza Ra I

Aerolite (permanent installation), by E.Nonni, MUST Museum – Faenza Ra I

2011

Paesaggi Scultòrei, TaroniVazquez Park – Lugo Ra I

2010

Alessandra Bonoli - Magnets, by E.Manzoni, text V.Coen, Ex Blocchiera – Tortolì OG I

Magnet (permanent installation), by E. Manzoni, V. Coen, Contemporary Art Museum Su Logu De S'Iscultura - Tortolì Og I

2009

The Silence of Numbers, by M.Bonaffini, Santa Chiara Cloister – Modena I

Spatial Dynamics, by V.Coen, Castle of Riolo Terme Ra I

2008

Algebra and Nerves, by M.Bonaffini, Raffaello Ex College  Engraving Museum – Urbino I

2007

Menhir ( permanent installation), by Xeno, Perusini Estate - Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Corno of Rosazzo Udine I

Duality (with M.Onorato), by G.Bonomi, Scoglio di Quarto Gallery – Milano I

First Prize of Sculpture R. Addamiano, Free Accademy V.Viviani Nova Milanese – Milano I

2006

Menhir, by Xeno, San Nicolò Church – Cormons  Ud  I

Al di fuori delle mappe - sculptures and poetries, by  M.Bonaffini,  Spezzano Castle – Modena I

Bothros ( permanent installation), by M.Bonaffini, Ascom Office Small Square of Commerce, Lugo Ra I

2005

Scultura (with G. Ruggero), by  P.Tsolakos, Modern Art Gallery   Faenza  Ra  I

Cosmogony - drawings and sculptures, by  M.Colombo, Spazio Danseei – Olgiate Olona Varese  I

Coordinates - sculptures and poetry, by  M.Bonaffini, Ass.Cult.LoSguardodell'Altro – Modena  I

For a Sculpture' s Museum (permanent installation), by G.Bonomi, Ranghiasci Park – Gubbio Pg I

2003

I'm park - permanent installations, Cetra Visual Arts Sector Park  - Castel Bolognese  Ravenna  I

2002

Ousia - space matter time ( permanent installations ), by A.Cochetti, Albornoz Palace Hotel  Park - Spoleto   I

Rullo/Bilanciere (permanent installations), by  M.Campani, Public Garden of Punta Marina – Ravenna    I

2001

Omphalos mnemonico, by  M.Bonaffini, Ex Salumificio Pagliani – Modena   I

2000

Sculptures in the park, by  G.R.Manzoni,  Ros's house    San Benedetto Pò  Mantova   I

Threshold (permanent installation), by  G.R.Manzoni, Municipal Park  Mirabello  Ferrara   I

We clench fists and teeth – sculptures  poetry and  music, sculptures and texts by A.Bonoli, music by H.J. Gerung, voice by Z.Vincenzi, St. Domenico's Cloister   Faenza  Ra  I

1999

Skulptur-Malerei (with S.Costantini), Projektraum  Triloff   Colonia  D

Bonoli, by A.Gamba, LIBA Gallery   Pontedera  Pi  I

Contemporanea-mente, by  M.R.Bentini, In Albis Ex Church  Russi  Ra I

1998

Sculptures in the city - Bonoli, Minoli, Munari (permanent installations), by  C.Cerritelli, Civic Museum  Riva del Garda - Trento  I

Hagakure (permanent installation), by G.R.Manzoni, Tempo Reale - Brunnenburg  Castle   Merano  Bolzano   I

Impronte, by  C.Cerritelli, Arciduca  di Arco Park  Arco  Trento  I

1997

Silent language of art (with R.Berardi, G.Pellegrini), by  L.Mango, Galerie Nijehove  An Diepenheime NL

1995

Universal Key (permanent installation), by  G.R.Manzoni,  Cà Vecchia Park   Voltana  Ravenna  I

1993

Revelation / 2, by  C. Cerritelli,  Butti Museum   Viggiù Varese  I

1987

Erratic lines of Underground Waters, Bockley Gallery Minneapolis  USA    

1986

Sculptures and projects, 420 WB Gallery  – Ravenna  I


Group Shows

 2019

Tutti i pani del mondo, by A. B. Del Guercio, Fondazione Sassi di Matera – Matera I

4a Sculpture Biennial: on land in water, by Pino Pin, texts C. Cerritelli - Piazzola sul Brenta Pd I

2018

Night voices, by F.Stucchi, Spazio Danseei – Olgiate Olona Va I

2017

3a Sculpture Biennial: on land in water, by P. Pin, texts A. Golfarelli - Piazzola sul Brenta Pd I

LIBA 1997 – 2017 twenty years of activity, by A. Gamba, Villa Crastan – Pontedera Pi

2016

Paragone Antico Contemporaneo, by A. Marchi, D. Montanari – Fortezza of San Leo Rn I

2015

2a Sculpture Biennial: on land in water, by P. Pin, texts V. Coen – Piazzola sul Brenta Pd I

Symbiosis – Open art between nature and history, by A. Cochetti - Natural Reserve of Pietraporciana Si I

Mirroring – mirror in the goddess, by A. Golfarelli – Oratory of San Sebastiano Forlì I

Contemporary – Space to space, by O. Dominguez – Arte Fiera di Forlì I

2014

Canned Art, by A. Cochetti, MUDITAC - Roma I

2013

International Biennial of Sculpture - Pensare lo Spazio: Dialogo tra Natura e Immaginazione, by C.Cerritelli, Royal Castle – Racconigi To I

Sintassi Contemporanee dalle Raccolte del Museo, by C. Rizzi, Parisi Valle Museum – Maccagno I

2012

Square Project – Multimedia Exhibition 2012, by F. Agostinelli, San Giorgio Theater – Udine I

Concours de Sculpture Aktikulti Commune de Steinfort – Luxemburg

Of art… of Parks…and of Other Stories, by A. Cochetti, Studio Poerio – Roma I

My Individualism – homage to the poet Natsume Soseki, Spazio Danseei – Olgiate Olona Va

2011

Exhibition of the 8 Finalists of the 2012 CubeCultura Award – International Sculpture Competition, by GrupoCube, Galleria CurroyPoncho – Guadalajara Mexico

Segno DiVino – copritappi d’artista, Sukya Gallery – Lamezia Terme Cz I

2010

Casciana Scultura – Benetton, Bonoli, Cascella, Staccioli, by LIBA Gallery – Casciana Terme PI I

8 Sculptresses in the fortress - by G. Bojani, Bastione Sangallo – Fano PU I

2009

Suggestions – poetic and thematic from the museum collections - by C.Rizzi, Museo Civico Parisi Valle-Maccagno Va I

2008

Acquisitions 2008, by C. Rizzi, Museo Civico Parisi Valle – Maccagno Va I

2007

Italian Carousel /Contemporary Art, by A. Mistrangelo, C. Rizzi, Palazzo Boglietti – Biella I Vecchia Pretura – Castell’Arquato Pc I

2005

Environmental sculptures for the city - between utopia and imagination from the 44th edition of the Suzzara Prize, by C. Cerritelli - B. Bandini - L. Sansone, Starter Onlus – Milano I

From earth to sky… from sky to earth, by G. R. Manzoni – Pescherie della Rocca – Lugo Ra I

Materika, by C. Cerritelli - P.Weiermair, Gorizia Castle – Gorizia I, Kromberk Castle – Nova Gorica Sl

XXIV Biennial of Gubbio – for a museum of sculpture (permanent installations) by G.Bonomi, Parco Ranghiasci – Gubbio

2004

Light beyond form, by D.Collovini, Gallery Ai Molini Portogruaro Ve I, Peccolo Gallery Livorno I, Casabianca Museum – Malo Vi I, ArteStudio Clocchiatti - Udine I, Folini Arte Contemporanea – Chiasso CH 

44th Suzzara Prize Edition, by C.Cerritelli, Award Gallery – Suzzara Mn I

2003

La durata dello sguardo, by  F.Agostinelli, ArteStudio Clocchiatti – Udine  I

Da Cage a J. Cage, by F. Stucchi, Spazio Danseei – Olgiate Olona Va I

Artist Rooms, by E. De Albentis, ArtEhotel – Perugia I

Il Giardino dell'Arte, opere permanenti nei giardini dell'Istituto d'Arte F.Faccio – Castellamonte To

Artist Books for M. Yourcenar, by A. Cochetti, Biblioteca Multimediale A.Savinio – Roma I

Lo sguardo dell'albatros, by P.  M. Turchetti - M. Brunelli, Castello di Frontone PU I, C.cetra settore arti visive – Castel Bolognese Ra I

2002

3rd International Sculpture Award of the Piemonte Region, by C.Cerritelli, San Filippo Neri Gallery – Torino I, Minucci Solaini Palace – Volterra I

Rose's Choice, by L.Alviani, Mida Museum – Scontrone Aq I

I linguaggi dell'arte nel 2000 – 2°, by M.Raciti, Circolo Culturale Bertolt Brecht – Milano I

2001

Roundabout – arte per le rotatorie stradali, by A. Sibilia, Arte Fiera Forlì I

Exit 5 - to R.Vitali, by Ass. Cult. C. Voltaire, ControinaiP – Bologna I

Cosmographies – the I the Matter the Time, by A. Cochetti, Parisi Palace – Monteprandone Ap I

In the Drawing – the seer hand, by V. Tassinari, Studio G7 – Bologna I, Galleria Maria Cilena – Milano I, Maurizio Corraini – Mantova I

2000

Lavoro e lavori - artisti nella Romagna ravennate tra 900 e 2000, by A.Savini, CGIL- Ravenna I

Exit 0002 o dell’alterità, by M. Miretti, Campo delle Fragole – Bologna I

The mirror of Venere, by L.Mastrangelo, Campo delle Fragole – Bologna I

1999

The ways of construction – sculpture practices in Italy, by C.Cerritelli, Riva del Garda e Arco Tn I

The train of the parks - around the water, by A.Taddei, Bastione degli Spagnoli - L'Aquila I

1998

Menù Turistico, by E. Di Mauro, Galleria Comunale Salara - Bologna I

1997

The silent language of art, by L Mango, L'Idioma Centro d'Arte – Ascoli Piceno I

Bonoli, Minoli, Munari – sculptures for the city (permanent installations) by C. Cerritelli, Museo Civico – Riva del Garda Tn I

1996

Between weight and lightness – figures of abstract sculpture in Italy, by C.Cerritelli, Cantù Co I

Comparisons with sculpture, by C. Cerritelli, Palazzolo sull'Olio – Bs I

1995

Young Contemporary Art, by C. Cerritelli – L.Somaini, Castle of Sartirana Lomellina – Pv I

1994

Contemporary Collection – donations bequests acquisitions, by C.Spadoni, Pinacoteca Comunale – Ravenna I

The most recent acquisitions of the Modern Art Gallery A. Bonzagni, by V.Tassinari – Cento Fe I

Fondamenta, by L.Mango, Salone San Carlo Vercelli I, Arti Visive Gallery – Roma I

Disgregante/Aggregante, by A. Cochetti, Raccani Arroni Palace – Spoleto I

Unexplored sculpture, by C. Cerritelli, Sede Editrice Questarte – Pescara I

Raume Voller Kunst, Zolesi Galery – Herrsching D

Cardini, by G.R.Manzoni, Villa Carcina – Carcina Bs I

Volkerwanderung, by P.M.Rabiger, Galerie Im Park – Bremen D

1993

Contemporary Art in Bologna – 1a Biennial, Re Enzo Palace – Bologna I

Cammino verso il linguaggio, by C.Cerritelli-L.Mango, Auditorium De Ferrari – Moconesi Ge

XXX11 National Art Biennial City of Milano – new materials section, by A.Ghinzani, Napoleonic Hall of Brera – Milano I

1992

Dialogue on sculpture, by C. Cerritelli – P. Fossati, Castle of Sartirana Lomellina Pv I

XXI Biennial of Sculpture in Gubbio, by M.Vescovo – G. Bonomi, Gubbio Pg I

Autarchica, by I. Tomassoni, Fortezza Medicea – Cortona Ar I

Corrispondenze del sensibile, by G.R. Manzoni, P.Restany, Ex Asili – Lugo Ra I

1989

Fiumara d'Arte, Galleria dei Banchi Nuovi – Roma I

Matter and Symbols: 10 Years of European Art, by M.Vescovo, Palazzo Esposizioni - Faenza I

1988

Figure e Forme dell'immaginario, by M. Vescovo, Ex Stalloni – Reggio Emilia I

Aart – Images for a Collection, by C. Cerritelli, Circolo Artistico – Bologna I

Avamposti, by M. Vescovo, Galerija Studenskog Centra - Zagabria Yu

I quaderni del San Sebastiano, by B. Bandini, Oratorio di San Sebastiano – Forlì I

The dream of matter, by M.Vescovo, S. Maria delle Croci – Ravenna I

1987

Contemporary Italian Abstraction, by A. B. Del Guercio, Città di Alatri Fr I

Arte Fiera – Basilea CH

Concorso Fiumara d'Arte, Santo Stefano di Camastra Me I

Biennial of Stia Sculpture, by A.B. DelGuercio, Stia Ar I

1986

Arte Fiera – Bologna I

Abstraction of the Pictorial Structure/of the Painted Sculpture, by A. B. Del Guercio, Sala Uno – Roma,
Mercato del Sale – Milano, Bockley Gallery - Minneapolis USA, Studio School - New York USA

1985

Una Nuovissima Generazione nell'Arte Italiana, by E. Crispolti, Fortezza Medicea – Siena I

1984

Biennale Giovani, by C.Cerritelli, GAM – Bologna I

1983

In campo aperto, by C.Cerritelli, Centro Mascarella – Bologna I

1981

Aletheia/lethe - l'immaginale pagano, by A. Baccilieri, Massari Park – Ferrara I, Palazzo Albertini – Forlì I, Loggetta Lombardesca – Ravenna I

1980

Accursia, by C.Pozzati, Accursio Palace – Bologna I

1979

Rassegna Quadro Giovani 79, Galleria San Fedele – Milano I

The creative use of ceramic, by F.Gualdoni, Fagnano Olona Va I