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Shawn Bonsky

Philadelphia, PA

About Shawn Bonsky

Philadelphia, PA

Shawn Bonsky spent a majority of his childhood living in Detroit, Michigan, but at the age of 11 moved to rural South Carolina. While Shawn grew up loving the industrial lines of cities, he slowly began to experience the beauty of open fields and empty forests as he entered his teens.

Shawn attended Florida State University with an academic scholarship, aiming to learn as much as he could about beauty, culture and life in general. After a few years he became restless so he packed up and moved to NYC to learn about life the hard way. He wandered the streets of the city, eventually squatting in the Lower East Side and living in a self-made shack in Brooklyn. After a couple years he became restless yet again, and decided he would try living in Japan. While Shawn lived in Hiroshima for a couple months he realized that he missed the states too much to stay in Japan. He then moved to Philadelphia and fell in love with a town where he has lived ever since.

Shawn is always hoping to improve his skills, and has traveled the country searching for vistas to inspire greater beauty. His work is inspired by dreams, by memories, and by myriad legends and folklore. He hopes to inspire a sense of nostalgia in his audience, a sense that the image you see, while new, will tug at the back of your mind and make you think it has always belonged there. You decide for yourself if he has been successful.

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Other works by Shawn Bonsky

Selected Exhibitions

  • "cold hands, warm hearts" Solo show at Benna's Cafe
    Philadelphia, PA, 2016
  • "The People We Know" Group show at B2
    Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • "The Things You Told Me About" Solo show at Benna's Cafe
    Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • Group show at Salt Gallery
    Philadelphia, PA, 2009
  • "Treasure Chest" Group show at Metaphor Contemporary Art
    Brooklyn, NY, 2008

Press and Accolades

  • Philadelphia City Paper "Last Chance"
  • "Thurs. Art Pick: Boringbot at Conspiracy Showroom" review of "Sometimes the Adventure is in your Heart" show
  • "Making it Happen" review of "Lubrica Mi Vida" show


  • Florida State University,
    Tallahassee, FL,2001 

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