We had the good fortune of connecting with Liam Bononi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liam, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve had contact with different types of art since I was a child, my family had a theatre group in Brazil so I grew up in the clowns, actors and musicians universe, I believe it has strongly influenced me and my art today. With 12 I had contact with graffiti through magazines and TV programs. At that time I was in a moment that I discovered a problem in my spine that put me to bed for a few months, in the beginning, art came as a form of healing, doesn`t let me lose my mind. I knew that would be with me for a good part of my life. After painting in the streets for a while, I realized the capacity of urban art in social transformation. The power it has to change the people lives and my own life as well. I have a very intimate relationship with the city, I feel part of that. I have always loved painting n the streets and I don’t think that will never change.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is a narrative of the human being searching for the divine essence that is in each one of us. A transformation through self-knowledge in search of the true self. The hands in my work represent a duality that brakes the connection with our divine essence. The Hands can give but also take. Life is not about black and white there is many tones of grey between. I use expressive faces to show the feeling when we are conscious that it is time to rebuild ourselves. Is very hard to look inside of us and see a human that should transform. So I paint people in an introspective moment, capturing that feeling. I like painting people who are close to me. It gives me a strong connection to my work. I use my own reference photos, and this is very important to my pieces. To get the right light and shadow as like the colours. The fragments represent a mask of the ego breaking away and is the last part of the transformation process. Living with art is always a challenge. Living from your own art is even more difficult. My biggest challenges were to reconcile my own work with commercial work.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When i talk about my history is impossible not to mention my family, they still supporting me all the time. My group F.G crew that we work since 2013 together in many projects. I learn a lot from them.
image 1 : Spray Days