Shannon Bono smiling sat in front of two paintings

Shannon Bono

A painter's gaze as rebellion against colonial history.

"I want to give a platform to Black female leaders that I’ve been told about as I grew up."

Bono experiments across painting, collage and sculpture to tell dynamic stories of Black womanhood. With the exception of her mother and close friends, she largely paints herself from photographs with oil paint. The works recall the grandiose liturgy of Renaissance and Byzantine art, and seamlessly thread African textile cultures with scientific images of sickle and nerve cells - a symbol of cultu...

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Shannon Bono was born in 1995 in the UK. She now lives and works in London as both a practicing artist and associate lecturer at UAL.


Works and writings featured in eminent publications including i-D Magazine, Elephant Magazine, CSM Stories, Another Magazine and Mission Magazine.

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In life and art Bono has been inspired by American singer-songwriter Erykah Badu, citing both her music and her ability to champion and uphold self-acceptance in the face of internal and external opposition.

Collaborations with Shannon Bono

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