Raymond Bonavida is an emerging artist who challenges us to reimagine our environment. Motivated by his interests in light, spacetime, and human perception, he incorporates expressive camera movement with long exposure photography, producing bold, visceral images.
Raymond’s interest in art began in Los Angeles with a 35mm Minolta, a home darkroom and an early education in photography. While studying philosophy and psychology at UCLA, he asked fundamental questions about how we experience and understand the physical world, graduating with honors. He began offering artwork for the first time in 2019, and is quickly gaining attention for his unique aesthetic and point of view.
‘Postmodern San Francisco’ offers 14 fresh perspectives on bridges, buildings and city lights. Long exposures reveal a vivid color palette set against the deep black of night. His intention is to challenge our expectations of how these traditional subjects are perceived and expand our relationship with the evolving urban landscape. Included in this series are 'Golden Gate Lights', recently on exhibit at Soho Photo Gallery in Manhattan, and 'Bay Lights no.2', recently awarded Third Place in Photography by Juror Cassandra Coblentz, Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at Orange County Museum of Art.
'Moondance' is an innovative photography series of unique compositions that explore the beauty of the Moon through its inherent spacetime relationships with our planet. It asks us to reimagine our relationship with the Moon. 'Moondance' and 'Moondance no.2' were each jury selected four times in 2019 for exhibitions across the country. The newest image in the series, ‘Moondance no.4’, was recently on exhibit at Site:Brooklyn Gallery in New York, and will be part of the summer 2020 show Slice at Pence Gallery in Davis, California.