Raymond Bonavida is an emerging artist whose work is inspired by a philosophical interest in the complexities of light and the modern dynamics of urban culture and development. His approach to fine art photography incorporates light itself as a compositional subject as he combines expressionism with realism in an effort to explore the subjective nature of reality.
Raymond’s interest in photography began in Los Angeles with a 35mm Minolta and an early education in darkroom techniques. His appreciation for the art carried with him to UCLA where he majored in philosophy and psychology, pursuing questions of epistemology, cognition and human behavior.
In 2015, in a radical departure from traditional photography, Raymond began incorporating philosophical ideas into a new body of work with themes of urban development. This approach leverages long exposures and expressionism to create a visceral impact. Images that may appear surreal are in fact focused compositions of multiple slices of time, organically captured through a single exposure.
Raymond Bonavida is offering artwork for the first time in 2019 with his debut series Postmodern San Francisco. This series includes San Francisco Lifelines, which was selected for a May 2019 exhibition at the Plymouth Center For The Arts. Recently, Raymond was invited to show and offer the complete series at the 2019 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.