Andrea Bonfils is an American contemporary multi media artist who has completed over 80 commissions worldwide. She works from studios in Connecticut and Santa Fe, NM. Andrea’s work is inspired by humans and nature in our connected universe. Her work is shown and collected Internationally and can be seen in art fairs, galleries, private and public spaces or the Museum of Encaustic Art’s Permanent Collection.
Using unconventional hardware - a blow torch, iron and other heated tools - along with paper, encaustics, photography, resin and natural materials, Bonfils’ uncommon painting and photographic techniques give way to a vision that is intense, mysterious and ethereal. Her inspiration comes from humanity and the natural world as she captures her subject's movement, drama and complexity.
Her submerged Garden Series was Inspired by a kayaking expedition to Belize 25 years ago, before the coral reefs had begun to die off, she wanted to memorialize their original majesty and support their restoration.
While submerged exploring botanicals and fluidity, a kaleidoscopic interaction evolves between an entirely organic color palette oand refraction and reflection. Both of her underwater floral images and her manipulated lenticular (3D moving) images are meant to challenge perspective. Flowers dwarf divers, the blue light and female are born from the flower and the underwater cave is a natural playground with tree sized orchids, floating birds and flying tree frogs.
"Broadly, I explore natural processes and earthy unpretentiousness such as geometric patterns and forms and circadian rhythms, and abstractly our humanitarian role. My tendency is to synchronize environs and overemphasize the spectacular. Celebrating our environment is one approach to preserving our phenomenal planet" explains Bonfils.