Artist Resume

Viviana Bonanomi Santamarina

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1962. Residing in the US since 1987

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions


Annie Meyer Gallery Portland Oregon  Wall Pieces and Sculptures


Vea Art Gallery Buenos Aires, Argentina

Group shows and Art Festivals
2010 / 2016

Milwaukee Museum of Art Lakefront Art Festival Sculpture
Cherry Creek Art Festival Denver Colorado Sculpture

The Escondido Municipal Art Gallery “Fiber and Book Arts” Escondido, CA
4 Art Gallery “Somnambulist”, Chicago, IL
Gertrude Herbert, A Sense of Place 2010, Augusta, GA
Brand Library 39, Works on Paper, Glendale, CA
Sylvia White Gallery, 2010 National Juried Exhibition, Ventura, CA
B.J. Spoke Gallery, Paperworks 2010, Huntington, NY
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, National Juried Exhibition, Novato, CA
Woodbury Art Museum, Our Century, Orem, UT
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, National 2010 Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol, CA
Morgan’s Gallery, “Tea Pots!”, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
American Craft Council Baltimore MarylandPrevious Years
Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, “Not the Knitting you Know” – Washington, DC
Bellevue Museum of Art Pacific Northwest Festival, Bellevue, Washington
Philadelphia Museum of Art ,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Scuptures and Art Objects
Washington Show, Washington, DC.

Public Art
2009 Sculpture Purchase by The City of Lafayette’s Public Art Collection for
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center (curated by The Oakland Museum of Art of California).


Best of Category Award, Lakefront Arts Festival at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Merit Award Boca Raton Museum of Art Show Florida

Juror's Award Fort Worth Arts Festival Texas
Best of Show in 3D 44th annual Osceola Art Festival Florida

First Prize, Private Eyes Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin County, CA 
Merit Award: National 2010 Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Sylvia White Gallery, Group Show, 2010 National Juried Exhibition, Ventura, CA
Best of Show, Artigras, Palm Beach, Florida
Second Place The Escondido Municipal Art Gallery “Fiber and Book Arts” Escondido, CA
Brand Library Art Galleries Works on Paper, Glendale California
First Prize: Portland Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon
Second Place: Scottsdale Center for the Arts Show (Sculpture category), Scottsdale, Arizona


Purchase Award: City of Miami Beach Festival, Miami, Florida
Patron Purchase Award: Las Olas Art Festival, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Florida

Selected Bibliography

Several press articles and reviews about her work were published in magazines and newspapers, among others:

TC Palms Newspaper
The Art Muse
San Francisco Examiner
The Bay Guardian
Details Magazine
San Francisco Weekly
San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury News
Buenos Aires Herald

Fashion Critic Judy Cantor from the Buenos Aires Herald wrote about Viviana’s work:

“If space creatures who studied at the Bauhaus, lived in a junkyard and shopped at Chanel went out to a psychedelic discotheque, they’d be wearing clothes designed by Viviana Santamarina” …”Viviana’s artistic talent is evident from the fact she can take these everyday materials and somehow put them together in a way that they become elegant. Her apparent influences vary from the German painters of the twenties to sixties Pop Art to television and B-movies to traditional Parisian couture.”…”Viviana certainly is not status quo. But she goes overboard in her zeal for change and her more extreme designs serve better as objects than adornment.”

Painter Pablo Suarez wrote on the preface of her exhibition at VEA Gallery:

“Like an intergalactic cockatoo, cutting with a ray-gun that place where the suburb meets the tropical”.


She resides and works at the Cite International Des Arts, Paris, France. During this period she approaches the Fashion and Art worlds resulting in a strong influence from the experimental and avant-garde art and design of the 30's.

A recently formed all women’s Rock group, "Viuda e Hijas de Roque Enroll", commissions her to build-up their image through costumes and set design for their shows. In the following two years this group becomes one of the most popular groups in Argentina and other Latin American countries, giving a concert for a crowd of 12,000 at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After that, other groups and individuals commission her designs

VEA Art Gallery in Buenos Aires invites her to exhibit her works where they are met with acceptance and support from the public and media

She moves to the United States, settling in San Francisco California
For the last twenty three years she actively participated in the art and design scene in the United States working in a variety of mediums.
Her design work is featured in the most prestigious galleries and private collections throughout the country..

 Art & Design Galleries: (partial list)

Kamm Collection, Sparta, North Carolina
Martin Lawrence Galleries 50 Galleries throughout the United States
International Gallery, San Diego, California
Limn Gallery, San Francisco, California
Alianza Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Atrium Gallery, Northville, Michigan
Sansar Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
Circa Now Gallery, Houston, Texas
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
American Artisans Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
Gallerie Alexander, La Jolla, California.
Calma Chicha, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Munar Buenos Aires.
Galleries in Spain, Japan, Canada and England have also carried her designs.

Museum stores: (partial list)

MOCA, Los Angeles, California
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Cooper Hewitt, New York, New York
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Texas
Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
High Museum of Art Atlanta, Georgia
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
The Carnegie Museum Shop, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Charities Advisory Trust, London, England
UCLA Art Council, Los Angeles, California
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamston, Massachusetts
Fundacion Munar Buenos Aires, Argentina
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
The Getty Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Holter Museum of Art Helena, Montana
Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, California
Palm Spring Museum, Palm Springs, California
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, California
The Tech Museum San Jose California
Chicago Architectural Foundation, Chicago, Illinois