Bio, research and show


Born in Casale Monferrato (AL) on 26 December 1965, he graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico of Milano, in 1991.

He began his artistic and designer activity in 1994.

In 2014 with his two sons, Elisa and Davide, he founded the artistic group BONZANOS pseudonym of the most recent works.


The object of the whole artistic research is the human body, interpreted as “interactive and connective architecture between the self and the universe, container of questions and doubts, visible form and tangible matter of human’s invisible and intangible substances, emotions and conscience “.

In the sculptural works (more precisely “wire sculpture”, handmade figures realized with copper capillary tubes or designed and then produced with a 3D printer in plastic material), the research on the human body is carried out through an artistic discipline that can be defined as “emotional physiognomy”.
If the pseudoscientific discipline of physiognomy aimed to deduce the psychological and moral characters from the physical appearance of a person and from the expressions on his face, “emotional physiognomy” is, instead, the study of the signs produced by emotions on the human body, testimony of an inner spirituality.
The experienced emotions produce feelings and the latter the expressive signs, which trigger a process of transfiguration also of the physical forms imposed by genetics.
Revealing these signs, detectable perhaps only through artistic intuition, is a testimony of the relationship between material life and consciousness, in short, the photographic rendering of “the human soul”.

In the most recent works, two-dimensional works made in watercolour, Bonzanos expands his research also based on recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience. The biological body is therefore analyzed as a place for the formation of consciousness as well as an organism participant in cognitive activity, through a process activated by sensory experiences and the resulting emotions and feelings. Emotions and feelings are a product of the regulation of life which is based on the principle of homeostasis, that is, the search for that condition of balance necessary for the reproduction of the species.

Through the recognition of pain and well-being, emotions and feelings activate cognitive processes which have the sole purpose of planning actions aimed at reaching homeostasis.

Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio argues that all ideas, actions and ultimately all forms of human culture and society have been produced under the motivational drive of emotions and feelings.

Through the artistic imagination, Bonzanos identifies and studies the paths of sensory perceptions that lead to the formation of emotions and feelings and the resulting physical and mental changes; Through this study some of the implications that this entails in terms of individual and collective conscience are highlighted, as well as on the possible past, present and future evolutionary paths of the human species.
The body is, therefore, the object of the investigation, on the one hand for reflections on the mystery of one’s own existence, on the other, to understand the conscious and “unconscious” changes of a society, certainly posthuman, perhaps directed towards a transhuman evolution, where the sustainable coexistence is the most urgent issue to be addressed for the survival on a single planet of different societies and different forms of life.


Elisa Bonzano semifinalist at the Giorgio Mondadori Art Award.


Uniti da un filo, curated by Elena and Marika Riva.
Museo del legno Riva 1920, Via Milano 110, Cantù.


Bonzanos Art Group, 17th ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 2015.
Palazzo dei Congressi (Kongresshaus). Kaiser Art.

Bonzanos Art Group, Kaiser Art curated by Linda Kaiser.
Summer Venues: Via Solimano 28, 16038, S. Marherita Ligure (Genova) – Italia.

Guardando oltre, curated by Linda Kaiser.
Villa Vidua, Conzano Monferrato (AL). 


Ànemos, Genova, Galleria Cerruti Arte. Curated by Linda Kaiser.

Sopra e sotto la forma, Palazzo Gio Vincenzo Imperiale – Piazza Campetto 8 GENOVA. Curated by Linda Kaiser.


Dialoghi muti, Rolli Days-Arte, Genova, Palazzo Ridolfo Maria e Gio Francesco I Brignole Sale (Museo di Palazzo Rosso).

Architetture dubitative, Fondazione Bussolera Branca, Mairano di Casteggio (PV).


Architetture dubitative, Genova, Galleria Cerruti Arte.


Kunst Köln 2001 (Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste).


Line Art, Gent (Belgium) (Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste).

Bonzano Stefano, Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste.


Stefano Bonzano, Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste.

Art Jonction 1999, Nice (France).

Bonzano Stefano, Milano, Galleria Zanmarchi.


Stefano Bonzano, Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste.


Passaggio Poetico, “Installazione espansa “Promenades des artiste”, Conzano Monferrato.


Rebuilding Space, curated by Nicolò Bonioni.
Castello di Casale Monferrato, Piazza Castello Casale Monferrato 15030 (AL).

Mutazioni anima-te, curated by Galleria Lara e Rino Costa.
Collateral event at EXPOARTE, Montichiari.

Galleria GUM, 2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA.


EXPO ARTE ITALIANA 2015 curated by Vittorio Sgarbi,
Villa Bagatti Vareshi, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Varedo (MB).


Sim-patia project, Milano, Museo della Triennale.

La bellezza salverà il mondo, Genova, Galleria Cerruti Arte.


AAF – Affordable Art Fair 2012, Milano.


Miart 99, Milano (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Line Art 99, Gent (Belgium) (Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste).


Line Art 98, Gent, Belgium (Pietrasanta (LU), Galleria Kontraste).

Miart Fair 98, Milano.


Stefano Bonzano and Carla Accardi, Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa.

Occasioni, curated by Tiziana Conti, Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa.


Arte Fiera Bologna (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Miart 96, Milano.

Contemporary art fair, Vicenza.

L’uomo senza identità, curated by Tiziana Conti, Serralunga di Crea (AL), Galleria La Tenaglia.

Incontro a Genova, Genova, Galleria Elle Quadro Documenti.

Modernità-Progetto 2000,

international competition of young artists organized by the Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino (with the patronage and contribution of the Piemonte region and province of Torino).

Artissima, Torino.


Arte Fiera Bologna (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Oh che bel Castello, curated by Edoardo Di Mauro and Pier Giorgio Panelli, S. Giorgio Monferrato (AL).

Gelo e Disgelo, curated by Adriana Martino, Ortona (CH).

Miart 95, Milano (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Immagini dall’interno, curated by Tiziana Conti, Pinerolo (TO), En Plein Air Arte Contemporanea.

Artissima, Torino (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Pordenone Fair, Young proposals, curated by di Maria Campitiello.


Miart 94, Milano.

Arte Fiera Bologna (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Mostra Mercato, Montichiari (BS) (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

Artissima, Torino (Casale Monferrato (AL), Galleria Rino Costa).

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