“…the best way I know how to channel those deep emotions life inspires in me is by adding to it through a world of my own creation.”
Welcome to a surreal world of magic realism! Award-winning artist Paul Bond was born in 1964 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and currently lives and works in Southern California.
Paul Bond’s art lives in the spaces between dreaming and reality. Drawing from the Latin American genre of Magic Realism, his paintings merge symbolic, surreal and fantastic elements with realistic atmospheres to unveil a world where everything is possible. At times, they simply express a whimsical aspect of life. Yet most works also carry deeper metaphysical and philosophical messages. And so his art often strives to bring to life the world of our dreams and subconscious thoughts, fears and hopes so as to inspire self reflection in the viewer.
Altering and juxtaposing familiar objects gives Bond the symbols that become his visual language. As he shares, “When viewing a scene, object or a line in a novel that moves me, my mind’s eye is continually imagining what elements I could introduce or alter to make a grander statement about what I am experiencing. Thus, I am continually envisioning potential paintings out of my daily experiences. The challenge is not lack of inspiration, but choosing which vision to bring to physical fruition in order to share that experience with my audience.”
Adding about his artistic motivation: “The physical world to me is often heartbreakingly beautiful and profound. And the best way I can know how to channel those deep emotions life inspires in me is by adding to it through a world of my own creation. A world intended to both deepen my own life experience and to stir the souls of my fellow travelers.”
Bond’s work has won numerous awards and have been featured in galleries, museums and cultural centers, including the Gateway Museum in Farmington, NM and the San Diego Art Institute. His paintings are now in private collections throughout the US, as well as Australia, Germany and England. Corporate collections include the Hotel Hershey and PB&J Restaurants, and is featured in many contemporary art publications.