I graduated from BYU (MFA, 2012) where I focused on portraiture and figure studies in painting and printmaking. Since then I have been teaching and creating in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and New York.
I am focused on themes of outsider art, individuality, beauty and traditional subjects.
My portraits are of my friends and people I know and admire. I am interested in the psychological figure. I am influenced deeply by folk aesthetics of new England and the Limnar artists, and contemporary painters such as Alex Katz and David Hockney.
Most recent projects can be found on instagram: #nickbontorno
2017 Snake River Brewery, Jackson WY.
2015 “Salt and Woodsmoke” Spori Gallery, BYU Idaho.
2015 “Prints” Larson Gallery Provo UT.
2014 “The beginning of Autumn” HBLL Library, Provo UT.
2013 “Still Portraits” Spori Gallery, BYU Idaho.
2012 “Portraits” MFA exhibition at Harold B. Lee library, BYU.
2011 “Recent Portraits” Salt Lake City Public Library, Sweet Branch.
2011 “As the Dust Settled” HBLL Library, Provo UT.
2010 Abandoned East Abandoned West. HBLL Library, Provo UT.
2018 Mormon arts center, Cambridge NYC.
2014 “5” Group show at Art Museum of Eastern Idaho.
2012 “Origin/Destination” Printmaking Exchange with University of Hawaii. 2 shows: Provo/Oahu.
2011 “Global Echo” Traveling Printmaking Exchange show.
2011 “No Middle Ground” Printmaking show from the permanent collection of BYU Idaho.
2011 “Masterpieces” MFA Sampling. Group show. 4th floor HFAC gallery
2010 “Mixed Tape” Printmaking exchange show in BF Larson Gallery. BYU.
2010 Religious Art Show. Springville Museum of Art.
2010 “Definition of Space” MFA Group Show at Utah Valley University Library.
2009 “National Printmaking Competition” CIAO Gallery. Jackson Hole.
2009 “National Portrait Competition” CIAO Gallery. Jackson Hole, WY.
2009 “Think Ink.” The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, Invitational.
2008 “Hats off to the Arts” Animal Humane fundraiser. Central Michigan University
2008 “The prints and the Proper.” The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls.
2007 “50th Anniversary Alumni Invitational.” Atrium Gallery, Corning, NY.
2007 “Southern Tier Biennial.” Olean Public Gallery, Olean, NY.
2007 “Carriage House Screenings.” Arnot Art Museum. Elmira, NY.
2006 “Outside the Box: An Exhibition in Contemporary Art.” ASFL Gallery, Corning, NY.
2005 “Regional Gmeiner Art Competition.” Gmeiner Art Center. Wellsboro, PA.
2003 “14 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Atrium Gallery. Corning, NY.
BYU: Into to drawing, Intro to design, Drawing 1 for majors, advanced figure drawing, Watercolor.
CCC: Advanced drawing.
Cedar Arts Center: Printmaking/monotypes
Art Museum of Eastern Idaho: Printmaking/relief and monotypes
2012 Brigham Young University MFA-painting and printmaking
2009 Brigham Young University-Idaho BFA-printmaking
2004-5 The Lyme Academy of Art- Connecticut
2005-7 Elmira College- New York