Raymond Bonavida is an emerging artist who challenges us to reimagine our environment. Motivated by his interests in light, spacetime, and human perception, he incorporates expressive camera movement into long exposure photography, producing bold, visceral images.
As a former student of philosophy and psychology at UCLA, Raymond continues to bring big questions about how we experience and understand the physical world into his art.
His acclaimed series Moondance presents unique photographic compositions that explore the beauty of the Moon through its inherent spacetime relationships with our planet. Since debuting in 2019, pieces from the ‘Moondance’ series have been jury selected for 18 exhibitions across the country, with ‘Moondance no.2’ winning 2nd place at the 2019 Art Through the Lens International Showcase. Recently, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) curator Nic Brierre Aziz chose three works from the Moondance series for exhibition in New Directions 2020, while Moondance and Moondance no.2 recently appeared on a Melrose Ave billboard in Los Angeles as part of The Billboard Creative 2021 Show.
Postmodern San Francisco is an original photography series which offers 14 fresh perspectives on bridges, buildings and city lights. Raymond’s intention is to challenge our expectations of how these traditional subjects are perceived and expand our relationship with the evolving urban landscape. Included in this series are Golden Gate Lights, previously on exhibit at Soho Photo Gallery in Manhattan, and 'Bay Lights no.2' which was awarded Third Place in Photography at the 2019 Newport Beach Art Exhibition by Juror Cassandra Coblentz, Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at Orange County Museum of Art.