Tripoli Gallery

The Madams in the Blue Garden, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Blue Landscape with Woman, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Gitana de Los Deseos Poliptico, 2014
oil on canvas
60 x 36 inches

Madams of my Dreams, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Mulata of the Dreams, 2014
oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Madams on the Beach, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

The Dance of the Sun and the Moon, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Waterfront Landscape with Woman, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Series Gitanas, Blue in the Ocean, 2014
oil on canvas
18-3/4 x 16-3/4 inches

The Dance of the Caribbean Doncellas, 2014
oil on canvas
52 x 71 inches

Las Donsellas de Isabela, 2014
oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

Doncellas of the Blue Garden, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

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For Lisa

Félix Bonilla Gerena

April 25 ‐ May 17, 2015

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East Hampton, NY Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Félix Bonilla Gerena: For Lisa, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Puerto Rican artist Félix Bonilla Gerena. The exhibition marks the official launch of Tripoli Gallery East Hampton, and will be on view at our new 87 Newtown Lane location from April 25th through May 17th, 2015, with an opening reception Saturday, April 25th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tripoli Patterson, the owner and director of Tripoli Gallery, first introduced Félix Bonilla Gerena to the East End in a 2008 solo pop-up exhibition in Bridgehampton. The following year, upon the opening of Tripoli Gallery on Jobs Lane in Southampton, Bonilla was showcased in The Mysterious Bajura. This new presentation—Félix Bonilla Gerena: For Lisawill be his fifth solo exhibition with Patterson.

Bonilla’s love of beauty is conveyed through his depictions of the female figure, tropical flowers, and the cerulean sea that surrounds his homeland of Puerto Rico, and his distinctive brushstrokes fuse a forceful confidence with organic, curvilinear fluidity. His darker undertones—present in many of his works—speak to the paradox of life in Puerto Rico: a place of lush, natural beauty obscured by bleaker cultural realities; what is an alluring, temporary escape to some is home to others.

The late Lisa de Kooning, to whom this exhibition is dedicated, had encouraged Bonilla to further abstract his forms, and the resulting body of work—on view here for the first time—amply demonstrates both his aesthetic finesse and his fearless dedication to seeking new modes of expression within his canvases.

Born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, in 1968, Félix Bonilla Gerena began his studies in art in nearby Arecibo. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the School of Plastic Arts at the University of Puerto Rico in 1992, and went on to study at the San Carlos University of Mexico and at the Autonomous University of Caracas, Venezuela. Bonilla’s paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout Puerto Rico, as well as internationally at the Museum of the Americas in Miami and the Museo de las Casas Reales in the Dominican Republic, and featured in noteworthy group shows in Philadelphia and Guadalupe. His work is also included in many international private collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Museo de Arte Moderno in the Dominican Republic and the Museo de Arte Historia de Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Félix Bonilla Gerena
The Madams in the Blue Garden, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Blue Landscape with Woman, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Gitana de Los Deseos Poliptico, 2014
oil on canvas
60 x 36 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Madams of my Dreams, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Mulata of the Dreams, 2014
oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Madams on the Beach, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
The Dance of the Sun and the Moon, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Waterfront Landscape with Woman, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Series Gitanas, Blue in the Ocean, 2014
oil on canvas
18-3/4 x 16-3/4 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
The Dance of the Caribbean Doncellas, 2014
oil on canvas
52 x 71 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Las Donsellas de Isabela, 2014
oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

Félix Bonilla Gerena
Doncellas of the Blue Garden, 2014
oil on canvas
53 x 72 inches


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,


For Lisa, installation shots,