Marcelo Bonevardi - Biographical Data

"Marcelo Bonevardi (1929-1994) was one of the most innovative artists of his generation. A native of Argentina, Bonevardi spent the greater part of his career in New York City, where he absorbed avant-guard practices and influences such as abstraction and primitivism, using them to invent a pictorial and symbolic language with which to express his deep spirituality and affinity for myth and ritual. Bonevardi is best known for his shaped canvases, which combine elements of painting and sculpture, reflecting his early training and lifelong interest in architecture. During his lifetime, Bonevardi received many honors, and his work has been collected by the leading North American and Latin American museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. "

Excerpt from the Chasing Shadows - Constructing Art book jacket, University of Texas Press 2007


Born May 13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Moves with his family to Córdoba, Argentina
At age 18 participates in his first public exhibition
Enters the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba to study architecture
4th prize - Cuarto Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
Honorable Mention - Quinto Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
Travels to Italy with his mother where he spends a year painting and visiting galleries and museums
Leaves architecture to dedicate himself exclusively to painting
3rd prize - Sexto Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
Acquisition Prize - Séptimo Salón Municipal de Artes Plásticas – Villa María, Argentina
2nd prize - Séptimo Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
Named Adjunct professor at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
1st Prize – XXXIII Salón Anual de Bellas Artes - Santa Fé, Argentina
2nd Prize – Salón de Artes Plásticas “Centenario de San Justo”. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prize – Comición Provincial de Cultura. Tucumán, Argentina
Awarded Gran Premio Anual - Museo Municipal “Dr. Genaro Pérez”. Córdoba, Argentina
Awarded Gran Premio de Honor - J. Pellanda. Córdoba, Argentina
First Prize Salón Ministerio de Obras Públicas. Córdoba, Argentina
Acquisition Prize – XXXVI Salón Anual de Rosario. Rosario, Argentina
Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
Moves with his family to New York City
Awarded a second John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
2nd Prize II Anual Interamericano de Pintura. Barranquilla, Colombia
Deepening interest in anthropology - starts collecting African tribal art
Establishes friendships with Taller Torres Garcia Artists Julio Alpuy and Gonzalo Fonseca
Awarded fellowship from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY
Awarded a second fellowship from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY
Moves to his permanent studio in New York City’s West Village
Museum of Modern Art director Alfred Barr visits studio and purchases work for the museum’s collection
First show one man show at the Bonino Gallery opens to a strong review in The New York Times
Accompanies “Magnet: New York”  exhibition to Austin, Texas and participates in a concurrent conference
Receives International Prize at the X Bienal de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil
Returns to Argentina for the first time since 1959
Commissioned for a public mural at New York City’s South Richmond High School
Interest turns from African tribal to Pre-Colombian art. From this time forward he frequently visited archeological sites and his collection of artifacts continually grew
First Prize Ten Argentine Artists at the United Nations. Work permanently installed at the United Nations
Begins traveling regularly to Argentina dividing his time between Córdoba and New York
Wife Elena dies after a long illness
Designated juror of Latin-American Art for the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
Becomes U.S. citizen
Collaborates with poet Alberto Girri on Poesía a book of Poems and drawings
Dictatorship ends in Argentina. Considers establishing a permanent studio in Córdoba and becomes more involved in the cultural affairs of the city
Participates in Arturo Schwartz’s Arte e Alchimia at the Venice Biennale
Awarded Premio Rosario - Rosario, Argentina
Donates sculpture Angel Atrapado II for permanent installation to Museo Provincial “Emilio A. Caraffa”. Córdoba, Argentina
First of several trips to northwestern Argentina with Rafael Ferraro and others to research Pre-Colombian Art
New York studio damaged by fire
Establishes a primary residence and large studio in Córdoba
Receives Platinum prize from the Konex Foundation
Donates Cross for permanent installation to Museo de Arte Religioso. Córdoba, Argentina
Dies February 1 in Córdoba, Argentina