ABOUT THE ARTIST
Todd Bonita earned his BFA with honors from the Art Institute of Boston in 1996 and was awarded “Best in Illustration” and the “AIB Purchase Award.” His post-baccalaureate study of classical painting and drawing was continued in 2000 for 2 years at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Todd has periodically continued his private study of the French Academy drawing and painting tradition with noted instructors from The Paul Ingbretson Atelier in Manchester, NH and Dennis Cheaney at the New England Realist Art center in Boston.
His career began as an illustrator and mural painter creating works for newspapers, magazines, book publishers and design firms. Clients have included Disney, MTV, Random House, Simon and Schuster, McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, United Way among others. Mr. Bonita’s illustrations have also appeared in over thirty books by many of the major book publishing companies. Agents Maggie Byer Sprinzeles represents him in the children’s book market.
In 1997 he worked with artist Joanna Ciampa. Together they painted a 15’ x 30’ mural for the Massachusetts State Police of five fallen officers who were killed in the line of duty. That same year he worked as a chainsaw sculptor on Cape Cod with World Champion chainsaw artist Barre Pinske. From 2000-2003 the artist worked for A.C.Coin and Slot Company illustrating and designing imagery, murals and sculpture for the gaming industry. His work can be seen in casinos worldwide. Most recently he held a staff position was at the Foreside Company in Portland, ME where he designed, illustrated, sculpted and created merchandise for the home decor industry. The wall art, designs, and sculptures he created can be found in TJMaxx, Home Goods, Home Depot, boutiques and gift shops in all fifty states and parts of Canada.
Todd Bonita’s oil paintings are currently represented in the Florida Keys exclusively by Gingerbread Square Gallery.