Bonifacio (San Sebastian, 1933-2011).
“I do not know about painting and I do not know how to explain it. All I know is what happened to me. If I am painting I am thinking of whores and if I am with a whore, I am thinking about painting. That is why painting is so bloody brilliant. (Bonifacio, 1997)
Before Bonifacio became a painter he worked as a number of things such as a hotel porter, a blacksmith’s apprentice, a messenger, a fisherman, a kitchen-boy, a decorator and a jazz musician. He even fought twenty bullfights as an amateur picador. “Oh my child, my child! You are the apprentice of every skill, but the master of none!” (Dolores Fernández Nieto, the mother of Bonifacio)
In 1958 Bonifacio had his first solo exhibition in the Atheneum in San Sebastian. From 1966 he began to exhibit his work in Sala Grises in Bilbao. In 1970 he began working with the Juana Mordó Gallery, pouring himself completely into his work.
At the beginning of the 1970’s he moved to Cuenca, where he lived together with Fernando Zóbel, José Guerrero, Gustavo Torner and Antonio Saura.
In 1993 he won the National Engraving Awards, and in 2005 he won the National Arts Prize from the Community of Madrid.
“What I do requires the continuous work of chance and chaos.” (Bonifacio)