About

Artist Statement

The unending possibilities and challenges of textures and color inspire my paintings. I pair individual fabrics and textures together based on personal, tactile, and experiential memories to create my imagery.  These memories are composed and translated through visual textures, undulating forms, and distinct, limited color harmonies.  The fluid movement and scale of the work allows a personal intimacy between my subject and my process.  I become enveloped in the memories, subtle shifts in color, the technical application of paint and the minute, labor intensive details that drive me as a painter.​

Inspiration

"Why fabric?"- This is the most common question I get asked.  The short answer is, it fascinates me.  I love trying to solve the puzzle of how to paint the variety of textures.  I enjoy sculpting the fabric while setting up my still-life and trying to create movement in my composition.  And even more than those technical aspects, I love that fabric can act as a vehicle for storytelling.  A frayed baby blanket, ornate wedding dress, and stained ballerina slippers all reveal a lot about their owners without saying a word.  

Bio

Erica Bonavida is a realist painter who creates intricate stilllifes of fabric, working in oil paint on canvas.  Born and raised in Oklahoma, she did not begin painting until she was a senior in high school.  In 2014 she completed her bachelors in fine art at the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2019 Erica was accepted as the first Artist in Residence for the city of Oklahoma City. She divides her time between her studio at City Hall and her home studio in Edmond, Oklahoma where she resides with her husband and three children.

Resume

Education

2014: Bachelor of Fine Art: Painting

University of Central Oklahoma


2014: Bachelor of Arts: French

University of Central Oklahoma

Exhibitions

Senior Capstone Exhibition

Istvan Gallery

Oklahoma City, OK

2014

UCOSAA Fall Juried Show

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Juried by Erin Oldfield

2012

Tides of Emotion Solo Show

Urban Tea House

Oklahoma City, OK

2016

Monolith

CHK Boathouse

Oklahoma City, OK

2016

The Shoe Show

Oklahoma Science Museum

Oklahoma City, OK

2017

Kindred: Fringe Annual Group Show

Leslie Powell Gallery

Lawton, OK

2017

Between You and Me

Verbode

Oklahoma City, OK

2017

Fringe at The Art Hall

The Art Hall

Oklahoma City, OK

2018


ARTini: A Blue Party

OKC Farmers Market

Oklahoma City, OK

2018

Persistence of Vision

Verbode

Oklahoma City, OK

​2018

The Dressing Room

The Krottinger Family Gallery

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK 

2018

Artster Oklahoma

Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum

Oklahoma City, OK
2019

Professional Experience

Artist In Residence, City Hall, Oklahoma City, OK, 2019

OAEA Young Talent in Oklahoma, Guest Juror, Oklahoma Christian Univeristy, Edmond, OK, 2017


What Works/What Doesn't, OVAC Workshop, Mainsite Contemporary Art, Norman, OK, 2014

Sarah Hearn, artist workshop, photographing artwork, UCO, Edmond, OK, 2014

Holly Wilson, artist workshop, encaustic technique, UCO, Edmond, OK, 2012​

Study Abroad, Acqui Terme, Italy, 2005-2006