Ivan Bono was born in Piedmont Italy in 1973. He moves from painting to sculpture to music with natural ease. A little more than a child at home of friend and sculptur Urano Palma he meets Mario Schifano, who fascinates him with his aggressive way of painting that will characterize his way of making art. From 2001 he attends the groups of young artists from Germany, France, Denmark and Netherlands, where he refines and matures pictorial and creative experiences.
In 2005 he is invited to the exhibition of modern art at Paris, for 2012 Olympic Bid and the following year he moves to London where different works born with the applications of metal grids to symbolize the decadence of modern society.
Back to Italy Ivan starts the emotional cycle, where colour is mixed and shaded directly on canvas with a technique developed in previous years.
From now on Ivan shows in major exhibitions with great critical acclaim and sales.
Since the early graffiti and mural paintings to the wool canvas, prices have seen a relentless rise and contacts started with international museums for exposure and acquisition of Ivan works.
Ivan Bono works, citizen of the world, with studio in Rovasenda, tell from the deep about that wild and primeval energy which well represents Ivan spirit: “Creating is an instinctive need for me, almost primeval. I have to follow it and make it immediately concrete expressing the emotion, without any delay. Then, when I finish my work, I leave everything as it is. I have no second thoughts. If the day after I don’t like my work, I destroy it, and I never modify it, never!”
So we see the bright reds almost flowing blood, sharp blacks lighted and dazzled by icy sharp blades. Esoteric signs and ancient scriptures are impressed on canvas in order to show universally his own message.
So Wild Canvas…enough wild to represent his world.
Ivan uses to create everything that the world doesn’t want anymore, dismisses: wood, iron, cloth and wool, glues, silicones, glasses, tars, enamels.
Ivan smells, caresses the material and then he reassembles, mends, stratifies or reduces to shreds.
Never quiet, never satisfied, he lets the music, classic or rock, to support its creative act.
Not at all drawn in the role of the famous artist, even if the international and Italian critics are creating a prestigious contacts network, Ivan Bono is a simple and easy person, whom having a chat is a great pleasure: “It has been a travel to link me forever to art. In 2003, only for learning, I lived in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm. I was a guest of street artists and social centers, of common people, people from Lofoten islands or Andenes fishermen, I left everywhere a part of me: the first iron sculptures, the enormous graffiti on Kaart Cultural Circle walls in Hamburg and all sizes drawings sold on the street.
In Barcelona born a wood lamp “ Eyelid” and the armchair “Wacca”.
In 2006 Ivan is back in London, as “Leevan”, and his works are in numerous art galleries in East End.
In 2007, the golden year, Ivan exposes to Parma, Ferrara, Riccione, Forlì and Padova Modern and Contemporary Art Fairs.
He works for CVB Gallery in Newyork and Saatchi Gallery in London, then important museums in Seattle, Luxembourg, etc..
In 2008 Ivan was one of the six artists invited to the Milan International Tourism Exhibition and from that year the mantra of his works took a new direction by making the acronym V.I.T.R.I.O.L. his own. and proposing it in an obsessive way in all areas. The works take a direction abandoning the classic style of painting and sees the use of only poor and exclusively recovered materials among the scraps of the consumer society and here woods, irons, tars, glass and rubble become real forms of art penetrating the hidden meanders of our souls, perturbing and permanently upsetting them.
The following years saw him participate in various exhibitions organized by galleries throughout the national and international territory such as Modern and Contemporary Art fairs and his works were acquired by the Meeting Art Auction House.
In 2011 Ivan received new national and international confirmations thanks to the acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art of Palermo of the work "Der Suchende" and the awarding of the work "Yellow Net" during the Tokyo International Award at the Hotel Four Seasons in Tokyo.
In summer 2011 a new sculptural installation, Ivan donates his art to Neptune, placing an iron and rock statue 15 meters deep at the Byron Cave of Portovenere (La Spezia - Cinque Terre) and in 2016 one of his sculptures is chosen to create the Apneaworld trophies to reward the athletes who have distinguished themselves in the world championships in indoor apnea.
And the adventure continues ..
Previous Exhibitions: Turin, Milan, Newyork, London, Paris, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Berlin, Ferrara, Forlì, Parma, Genoa, Tokyo, Perugia, Rome, Palermo, Vercelli, Alba, Parma, Riccione, Padova, Washington
Permanent works present in: Biennale Lecce, Seattle Fine Art Museum, Museo di Arte Modena e Contemporanea Sciortino di Palemo, CVB Gallery New York, Fondazione Banca Sella, Palazzo Ducale di Revene (Mantova), Saatchi Gallery London, Galleria Via dei mercati Vercelli, Alba Gallery, Galleria la Telaccia, Artetivu’…