Italy - 1935
Besides participating in various exhibitions, including most notably Elas: mulheres artistas no acervo do MAB-Faap, in São Paulo, Gráfica Latinoamericana y del Caribe, in Beijing, and the Southern Hemisphere International Printmaking Exhibition (Passage), in Seoul, Bonomi produced important works such as Popessuara, consisting of laser-cut pieces of stainless steel for the commemorative album of the 100th anniversary of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo. She also made the trophy for the Associação Brasileira dos Críticos de Arte.
She furthermore put together academic and consulting panels for stage settings and costumes she created for the theater play Diálogos de Salomé com São João Batista, directed by Sergio Ferrara at the Teatro Sergio Cardoso. Since 2014 Maria has been involved in the research for a book concerning her production written by art critic and historian Mayra Laudanna of the Universidade de São Paulo.
An important reference work, A Dialética Maria Bonomi, published in Switzerland by Éditions du Griffon, presents an artist who “emerges as one of the most important exponents of Brazilian and international art in the second half of the 20th century,” in the words of the likewise USP professor and director of the Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, Luiz Armando Bagolin.
For the philosopher, “Maria Bonomi is perhaps the only case of an artist who lived in the same milieu and saw at firsthand many developments of the artistic avant-gardes from the end of the 1950s onward, and yet not did join any of them – not the abstractions, not the artificial pop trends, nor the new realisms. She remained faithful to both xilogravura [wood engraving] and xilografia [wood printing], terms she coined herself to denote unfoldings of her attitude at the moment of engraving the wood, later employed in other materials: synthetics, metals, clay, etc.” For Luiz Armando Bagolin, Maria Bonomi’s work is manifested, in the city, in a very striking and lofty way, always being related to the context she seeks to re-signify.
Besides the book, published in three volumes (English, French and Portuguese), she also presented a show featuring 14 of her works at the headquarters of the publisher in Neuchâtel, coincidentally the city where the artist held her first international exhibition, in 1955.