Bea Bonafini is a Rome and London based artist whose interdisciplinary practice draws from oneiric visions, overlapping personal and ancient mythologies. Her tactile, intimate worlds centre around sensuality, vulnerability and fantasy, forming swirling scenarios that are fragmented and multi-layered. Figures are evanescent and transcendental, referencing spiritual imagery where fluid bodies collide, disperse, swim, fly and fall. Bonafini’s work expands the possibilities of painting, tapestry and sculpture and their interrelationships. Holistic perspectives are developed in close dialogue with architecture, where space is approached as an extension to the work to envelop the viewer. Acting as protected spheres, Bonafini’s installations are openings to encounters between the earthly and the otherworldly.


2016    Royal College of Art - MA Painting

2014    Slade School of Fine Art, UCL - BA Fine Art

2010    Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL - Foundation in Art & Design Diploma

2010 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art, Austria - Scholarship for Sculpture course
by Italian artist Liliana Moro.

2008    Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art - Painting course by Chinese artist Li Songsong.



A Monstrous Fruit, Setareh, Berlin.

Ghosts for a Post-modern Tale, LAAA, Mexico City.


Luna Piena (Stomaco Vuoto), Renata Fabbri, Milan.

Sfiorare Fantasmi, Eduardo Secci, Florence.


Twin Waves. Operativa, Rome.


Chimère, Chloe Salgado, Paris.

Talk to the Hand. Solo show, Bosse & Baum, London.

Bologna Art Fair. Solo booth, Renata Fabbri, Bologna.


Ogni Pensiero Vola. Solo show. Renata Fabbri Gallery, Milan.

Giotto’s Room. Two person show with Aisha Christison. Post_Institute Von Goetz, London. Curated by Lucy Von Goetz.

Garageland. Two person show with Anne Ryan. The Rectory Projects, London.

Shed Shreds. Solo show. Lychee One Gallery, London.


Dovetail’s Nest. Solo show. Zabludowicz Collection, Invites, London.

A World of One’s Own. Solo show. Fieldworks Gallery, London.



Materia Nova & Spazio Y, curated by Massimo Mininni and Benedetta Monti, Galleria Arte Moderna, Rome.

Weeds Won’t Wither, Jari Lager gallery, Cologne.

New Mythologies, Ohsh Projects in collaboration with King & McGaw, London.

Upon a Time, Eduardo Secci, Florence.


The Artsy Vanguard Fourth Edition, curated by Erin Jenoa Gilbert, Miami, US

Psychic Anemone, Cob Gallery, London, UK

Salto in Altro, curated by Edoardo Monti, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, IT

Artissima, Double V gallery, Torino, IT

June Mostra, British School at Rome, IT

Worst Case Scenario, curated by Chloe Bonnie More, Paris, FR

Quarantanove non è cinquanta, Vogue Italia, curated by Valentina Ciarallo, IT

Latence, Boulevard Malesherbes, curated by Chloe Bonnie More, Paris, FR


Waves Between Us. Fondazione Sandretto, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene. 
Curated by Alison Karasyk,Camille Regli, Katie Simpson - Young Curators Residency Programme 2020

In Stitches. Larsen Warner, Stockholm.

Transatlantico. Mana Contemporary, New Jerseay.

The Thicker the Woods, the Vaster the Vista. Nevven Gallery, Gothenburg.

March Mostra. British School at Rome.


Adieu to Old England the Kids Are Alright. Choi and Lager, Cologne.

Dusseldorf Art Fair. Choi and Lager gallery, Dusseldorf.

December Mostra, British School at Rome.

Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan.

A Seed’s a Star, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm. Curated by Constance Tenvik.

The Italian Open, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin.

Generation Y, Platform Foundation X, London. Curated by Kate Bryan and Sara Terzi.

Tender Touches, AMP Gallery, London. Curated by Open Space Contemporary.

Subversive Stitch, TJ Boulting, London. Curated by Hannah Watson.

London Art Fair, Union Gallery, London.

FiBRA, Post_Institute Von Goetz, London.


Premio Lissone, Lissone, Italy.

Bone Memory, Lychee One, London.

FEŸ Rencontres, Art Festival. Burgundy, France.

Memories Arrested in Space, Italian Cultural Institute, London. Curated by ARTUNER

(Two-person) Giotto’s Room, with Aisha Christison. Post_Institute, London. Curated by Lucy Von Goetz

(Two-person) Garageland, with Anne Ryan. The Rectory Projects, London.

Searching for Myself Through Remote Skins. Renata Fabbri, Milan. Curated by Bianca Baroni

Et Refaire Le Monde. Galerie Bessieres, Chatou, Paris. Curated by Bianca Cerrina Feroni

If You Can Stand the Heat. Roaming Projects, London. Curated by Lindsey Mendick and Paloma Proudfoot

40-40-40. Soho House London. Curated by Fenella Brownlee

Ripe. Kingsgate Project Space, London. Curated by Eleanor Davies

Dik Piks. Ladybeck, Leeds UK. Curated by Suzy Babington

La Diablesse. Tramps Gallery, London. Curated by Jerusha West, Sarah Batey and Simone Kennedy-Doig.

Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Over Night)? J Hammond Projects, London. Curated by Will Rees and Hamish Pearch

          Penelope. Curated by Alix Janta and Lauren Jones. 46 Gallery, London.


Summer Blue. Lychee One Gallery, London. Curated by Jonathan Miles.

            Royal College of Art Graduate Show. London.

            At Home Salon: Double Acts. Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot. Curated by Lana Bountakidou.

              Paper, Publication, Performance. Lychee One Gallery, London. Curated by Jonathan Miles.

The Behaviour of Being. Group exhibition from the Beekeeper’s Residency at Cob Gallery, curated by Mia Pfeifer.

          Two Hundred Acres. Group exhibition of RCA students. Pump House Gallery,

London. Curated by Anna Clifford.

          Rift Banquet. Performance at AYA Peckham, London. Curated by Leo Cohen.

            ScreenSaver. Group Video Exhibtion and co-curation. Dyson Gallery, RCA.

            RCA Secret. Group Exhibition. Dyson Gallery. Royal College of Art.

            15th Cypriot Contemporary Dance Festival. Commissioned the performance of In the Likeness Of… Rialto Theatre, Limassol, Cyprus.

            Exposiçao Lar. Group Exhibition curated by Paola De Ramos. Curitiba, Brazil.

            Resolutions!2015. The Place Theatre, London. Performance of In the Likeness Of…


Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. E122 Banquet Performance. Cock ‘N’ Bull Gallery, London.

Arts Atrium, Twitter HQ.  Group Exhibition organised by the London Sculpture Workshop.

The Scars are Not Just Skin Deep, Group Exhibition curated by Mia Pfeifer. Cob Gallery, London.

Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show. London.


On/Off. Performance Event. Vibe Gallery, London

Slade Print Fair. Group exhibition and performance. Slade Research Centre, London.

Anthropophagi. Two-person exhibition with Paola De Ramos. 26 Greek Street, London.

Tate Modern. Invitation by the Board Director of the UAL Development Council.

St Martins School of Art & Design Degree Show. Collaboration with Cecilia Granara.

Elegy. Guest Project Space. Group exhibition and performance. Curated by Leo Cohen.

Camden Arts Center London. Performance Event organised by the Slade School of Fine Art.

Bodies of Silence. Platform, London. Performance. Curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.

The Strange Impression of Seeing Things. Group exhibition and performance. Mile End Art Pavilion, London.

2012     Camden Arts Centre, London. Performance Art Event organised by the Slade.

            Platform 1. Performance Art Event organised by the Slade. Bloomsbury Theatre, London.


2021 Pébeo Prize for Painting, Art-o-Rama, Marseille

2020 Finalist Talent Prize, Rome

2020 Rosa Lee Travel Grant, British School at Rome

2019-2020 Abbey Scholarship, British School at Rome

2019    Finalist Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milan

2019       La Berlugane-Maleki Residency and Commission. Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France

2019    (Official invitation-only selection) Premio Lissone / Lissone Prize

2018     Platform Southwark Studio Residency, London

2018     FIBRA Artist Residency, Colombia
Curated and co-produced with Mia Pfeifer. Participating artists include: Bea Bonafini / Dan Coopey / Maisie Cousins / Alix Janta / Adeline de Monseignat / Laurence Owen / Charlotte Colbert

2017     Fieldworks Studio Residency. London

2016     Villa Lena Residency. Tuscany, Italy

Commendation, West Dean Tapestry Commission

2014-16     Leverhulme Scholarship, Royal College of Art

2015    The Beekeepers Art Residency. Portugal. In collaboration with curator Mia Pfeifer and Cob Gallery London.

2015    Stapely Trust Grant

2015    O2 Think Big Grant

2014    Slade Prize

2010    Salzburg Academy of Fine Art Scholarship


2019     The Whitworth Art Gallery, Tuesday Lecture Series. Manchester, UK.

2019     Manchester University, BA Fine Art, Tutorials. Manchester, UK.

2019    Canterbury University, BA Fine Art, Lecture and Tutorials. Canterbury, UK.

2018     Artist workshops at October Gallery. London, UK.

2017    In conversation with curators Stella Bottai and Mia Pfeifer. Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK.

2015    ReachOut Art workshops, Royal College of Art. London, UK.

2015    The Garden Tapestry. Public workshops at the Pump House Gallery. London, UK.

2014     The Slade Summer School. Widening Participation Course, UCL. London, UK.


The Design Edit, Interview, 2022

The New Guard, Video Interview, 2022

Ocula, Art Brussels: Eight Emerging Artists to Watch, 2022

SLEEK, Bea Bonafini – ‘A Monstrous Fruit’, interview, 2022

ONDA MX, Juntos pero (no) separados. Bea Bonafini en LAAA, by Verana Codina, 2022

Artribune, Corpo, ceramica e performance. Intervista a Bea Bonafini, by  Eleonora Angiolini, 2022

Meet the Artists, BEA BONAFINI, interview with British School at Rome Art Director Marta Pellerini, 2021

Studio Talks, BEA BONAFINI, interview with Malte Bülskämper, 2021

Soho Radio, The Silver Stream Podcast, hosted by Byzantia Harlow, 2021

The Glossary. Art Curator Kate Bryan reveals the 7 artists to watch in 2021, words by Kate Bryan, 2021

Émergent Magazine. In the studio with Bea Bonafini, words by James Ambrose, 2020

SHE CURATES. INTERVIEW with Mollie E. Barnes, 2020


Lottozero, Portrait: Bea Bonafini, Interview with Lottozero, 2020

Harper’s Bazaar, Creative Class of Rome, Directed by Chiara R. Bini, 2020

The British School at Rome, March Mostra, Interview with Art Director Marta Pellerini, 2020

Azzurro 3 (A3), Featured Artists: Bea Bonafini, 2020

Ysé Sorel, “Chimère” Galerie Chloe Salgado (French), “Chimère” Galerie Chloe Salgado (English), 2019

The British School at Rome, December Mostra, Meet the Artist, Interview with Art Director Marta Pellerini, 2019

The Frieze Futurist Cookbook, Specially commissioned recipes by nine artists. Frieze Magazine, Issue 205, September 2019, p. 121

Christopher Knowles, “The Frieze Futurist Cookbook, Specially commissioned recipes by nine artists, including Otobong Nkanga, Heather Phillipson and Rirkrit Tiravanija, ranging from abstract to delectable”. Frieze, 2019.

Damiano Gullì, “Pittura Lingua Viva” interview. Artribune, 2019

Louisa Elderton, “Bea Bonafini: Talk to the Hand”, Bosse & Baum, 2019

Janine Wixforth, “Interview with emerging artist Bea Bonafini”,  ARTPIQ, Jan 2019

“The Italian Open: Guglielmo Castelli, Bea Bonafini. Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin”, Artland, 2019

“Bea Bonafini, Maje Mellin and Bernice Nauta at JosédelaFuente / Santander, Spain” Daily Lazy, 2019

Artist’s diary, “I (never) explain #13 – Bea Bonafini”, ATP Diary, Dec 2018

Wall Street International magazine, “I’m not an island, I’m a body of water”, Dec 2018

Elena Bordignon, “I corpi in caduta di Bea Bonafini. Citazioni, incontri, trasformazioni: le figure ambigue di Bea Bonafini da Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea”, ATP Diary, Nov 2018

KubaParis: Zeitschrift fur junge Kunst, “Bea Bonafini @ Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan”, Dec 2018

Wall Street International magazine, “Bea Bonafini”, Dec 2018

Muse Contemporanee, 2018

Alei Journal, “Bea Bonafini”, Monography published by Aleï Journal, created by Daphné Mookherjee and Mélodie Zagury, studio view by Andreas Lumineau,  interview by Indira Beraud, Oct 2018

Maïlys Celeux-Lanva, “Au château du Feÿ, un cocktail énergisant d’art et de vie”, BeauxArts, 2018

Daily Lazy, FEŸ ART during Feÿ-Rencontres d’arts at Château du Feÿ, Villecien, France, 2018

Giulio Brusati, page 71 “L’arte come esperienza intima e interiore”, Carnet Verona, June 2018

Leah Stewart, “A Mutation of Fortune”, 2018

Rosie Footitt, “10 Questions Bea Bonafini”, Banshee, issue 2, 2017, pp.138-139

Grace Banks, “Holy Order: Bea Bonafini creates a non-religious chapel in London”, Wallpaper, 2017

Paul Luckcraft, “Dovetail’s Nest: interview with Bea Bonafini”, Zabludowicz Collection, 2017

Marcelle Joseph, “Marcelle Joseph interviews Bea Bonafini”, FAD Magazine, 2017

Emily Gosling, “Bea Bonafini’s work transforms the art gallery into a secular chapel”, Creative Boom, 2017

Vanessa Murrell, “Interview with Bea Bonafini”, Dateagle Art, 2017

“Studio Visit with Bea Bonafini”, Dateagle Art, 2017

“Bea Bonafini’s work transforms an art gallery into a secular chapel”, Hollandz, 2017

Galleries Now, 360’ Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Bea Bonafini, 2017

Anna Tokareva, “Bea Bonafini at the Zabludowicz Collection”, 2017

Commission for 21 illustrations for “Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey Through Sweden Vol I & II”