Gus Val Augusto Bonilla Valdés


Year of Residency: 2018

Originally based in Mexico City, where he completed his PhD in Arts in Puebla, Mexico in 2010.  After graduating he received a scholarship from French Government.  During his stay in Burgundy, he had the opportunity to meet people from Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia, which inspired him to learn more about their history and culture.

Since 2016 he has been working as an illustrator for “Alcorce”, a publishing house specialized in poetry as well as French magazine called “Cabaret” . He designed many book covers and illustrated many editions in collaboration with international art enthusiasts in France and Spain.  Gus Val successfully participated in many painting contests and at moment is a member artist of two art galleries in Mexico.

Artistic experience for the last three years

  • 2017 Group exhibition Sports World, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2017 Group exhibition Puebla Art Fest
  • 2017 Solo exhibition Las Conchas Art Gallery, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2017 – Painter and interventionist at Las Conchas Art Gallery, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2016 Solo exhibition Cherry Bomb Bar, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2016 – Illustrator at Alcorce Publishing House, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2016 – Painter at Almacenes Artes, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2014 Solo exhibition, 33 Café, Puebla, Mexico

Artist statement

I began my career as a painter because I had the need to portray the surreal and urban landscapes that I had kept in my mind for years. Which is why Arturo Rivera was once a major influence on me. Later it dawned on me that I had to improve my expertise, in order to communicate a stronger message in my work. This led me to study anatomy, perspective and human figure for two years.
I progressively migrated from oil painting to dry techniques and watercolor. This transition took me years. Thus, I have been experiencing a transcendental evolution from gloom to bright, from the static to the lively. Furthermore, new images have come to populate my work such as everyday life scenes and folklore.
As I have been going through constant practice and expressive line exploration, I have reached remarkable synthesis of the human figure in action. Such progression is beginning to hint towards abstraction.
Finally, I have witnessed the way my work has been gaining brilliance and has also strengthened with expression for I aim to capture the vivid energy of life.

Articles and Reviews

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Profile on Behance – Visit