Rosario Bond

Born in: 1949, La Vega, Dominican Republic
Lives in: Miami, Florida, USA
Media: Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Mixed media, Collage
Describe your work in 3 words: Dramatic, gestural and emotional.

Happy Ashes I, 2016 -Acrylic-Flashe Paint on Canvas 72 x 72 in.

"In my work, the process is where the excitement is. I really need to be in the present, it is like a meditation, my work is completely intuitive and develops as I go along. It is also very physical, gestural and dynamic. I tend to work very fast at the beginning then I start slowing down, observing and editing. I like the element of surprise."

What themes does your work involve?
My work is difficult to pin down, I like to stimulate the viewer and myself so sometimes each painting can be quite different from one another.
Describe your creative process.
I like to start another work as soon as I finish the previous one, this gives me the energy to do something else and I would start with a different approach to the one I just finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Nature, geometric shapes, color, beauty, fashion, design, all these things inspire and influence me, and finally, I make art because it is the way that I express myself and I love making art, it is essential for me.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
"Good art catch your attention, either because is beautiful, or repulsive. But it engages you in one way or another, it challenges the viewer. A piece of art is great when it engages, connects and delight the viewer."
What is the role of the artist today?
The artist plays an important role in society today, specially now with all that is going on with a pandemic, political unrests, protests, these are very challenging times and through art one can send a message of their own political or emotional landscapes or just a message of beauty and peace that is much needed these days.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist