Miki Boni is no ordinary painter. Her background is a varied as the larger-than-life stylized works that leap from her canvases. Boni calls herself of student of character; she has been studying and painting faces most of her life. She takes the fruits of her early classical training and teases out the spirited nature of her subjects. Her patterned works burst with energy, joy, humor and mystery.
A native New Yorker, Boni began her career in New York’s East Village drawing street portraits. She spent years living in Mexico as a working artist where her large Facescapes were greatly influenced by that country’s muralists as well as its surrealism. She was the first American woman invited to be included in the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in the State of Nayarit, Mexico.
Boni taught Perception, Life Drawing and Painting at the University of Guanajuato in San Miguel de Allende while working toward her Masters Degree in Fine Arts. Upon her return from Mexico, her work has been exhibited at Lincoln Center and at WomanArt Galleries on 57th Street. She was listed in Who’s Who of American Women, and was elected to Washington DC’s National League of American Pen Women for her accomplishments in the visual arts. Also an accomplished photographer, Boni has traveled extensively, gathering image bank material. She has had numerous one-woman shows in both the US and Mexico and many of her paintings and graphics are included in private collections internationally.
Boni was one of the original founders who grew The Village of the Arts, Bradenton, Florida’s largest arts enclave on the Gulf Coast. Her gallery was nominated one of the Best Small Businesses of the year, and her work won Best of Show at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. She relocated to Chattanooga in 2007, the recipient of an ArtsMove grant.