Wilfredo Calvo Bono
103 North Ardmore Rd., Bexley, OH 43209
Wilfredo Calvo-Bono Painter & Social Activist
Resume (This September 2014 resume has been slightly altered for readability.)
Spain – 1968-1971
During these 3 years in Madrid, Started painting in a mainly representational form. Technical and moral support from Spanish painters and human observations by Gypsy co-workers was invaluable. He supplemented his income working for builders. Autumn of 1971, he flew with his family to the United States.
USA – 1971 – Present
Columbus State Community College Exhibit October, 2014 ARTIST STATEMENT for WILFRED CALVO-BONO
All our knowledge is rooted or based in the past. During that past magnificent pieces of Art have been created, representing different epochs, different times. As civilization advances and changes occur in all fields of knowledge; Arts as an integrated part of civilization, also changes. Now in the present, I strongly believe that we should not keep repeating or imitating the work of that past, but we shall be looking, searching for new forms of representation according to the present and in route towards the future.
Art as Art is commendable, but we shall create not only to obtain beauty but search for social benefit. Because of that, I am executing two Series. One refers to the search for new Visual Art with the intention to be used as tools for research and meditative thoughts, and the other to increase awareness about social problems affecting all of us. The first group corresponds to the “Possibilities” Series and the second to the “Bad & Sad” Series.
I create my Visual Artwork based on the concepts previously expressed. This is done with non-conventional materials and forms in the geometric field with striking colors, capable to trigger in the viewer, mental and emotional reactions, with the purpose of favoring a better environment for reflective or meditative thoughts.
All the pieces shown in the Exhibition on the second floor of the Columbus State Community College Library during October 2014, belong to the “Possibilities” Series, using Plexiglas mainly as research material.
BAD, SAD, & UGLY Statement
The buildup of so many negative situations, events, calamities, etc. has awakened in me the desire, the necessity to express with my visual work, my concern about our present social-political-environmental conditions.
For that purpose, I have created the “Bad, Sad & Ugly” Series. It has been done with Paintings and Constructions. Showing Material Pollutants (Chemical Spills, Toxic Gases, etc.) and its consequences for the Planet. Non-Material Pollutants covering actions that affect thoughts, emotions, etc. (Fear, Terror, Political Deceit, etc.) and Organic Pollutants as those that create illnesses (HIV, Breast Cancer, SARS, etc.).
All this done under the criteria that increase awareness of the problems, they will receive more attention. And, as a consequence, generate the conditions for their lessening or elimination.
On the first floor of the Columbus State Community College Library we invite you to observe the paintings that express the philosophy considered in the “Bad, Sad & Ugly” Series.