Felix Bonomo

Artist Bio

Felix Bonomo has been carrying a camera with him on business trips since the 1980s when he worked for a German company as a project engineer. He was primarily interested in the capturing images of a country going through huge changes, as the wall came down between East and West Germany.

When he moved to California in the 1980s, his work as an engineer and consultant brought him into to Asia: Korea, then Singapore and Japan, and finally China, photographing the narratives of some of the fastest changing societies in the world.

When he is not traveling in China and Tibet, Felix resides in San Marcos, California. He has been the Gallery Director of the COAL Gallery in Carlsbad since 2009, and is also a member of the San Clemente Art Association and the North County Photo Society. He has been the featured artist at the COAL Gallery, where his work has won Best of Show in juried competition.

Bonomo's photo essay, "Women Hold Up Half The Sky: Women Working in China" was the solo exhibit at CSU San Marcos' Context Series in the spring of 2010 and just concluded exhibiting in the Center Gallery at CSU Fullerton.

Artist Statement

When I travel, it is more important to me to capture the narrative unfolding around me than to "take a picture" of what I see, hear, or bear witness to. A beautiful landscape can inspire, but a story stays in the mind long after the image itself has left the eye of the viewer. And the best narrative photography invites the viewer to create the story from the visual rather than simply telling the viewer what I saw.

Travel inspires my best narratives. New sights, sounds, and smells sharpen my awareness and demand to be recorded. I have carried my camera with me, first through Europe, and now Asia. I am particularly attracted to the stories I find in China as it hurtles itself into this century determined to lead rather than follow its western neighbors. The hunched back of the ancient sweet potato sidewalk seller, the brash confidence of young office workers in a Starbucks in Beijing, the mother-daughter affection in a booming tourist area around Yangshou, the overwhelmed devotion on the face of a pilgrim making her trek through the holy places of Lhasa, these are the narratives of today's China that I have been honored to witness, record, and share.

Felix Bonomo

Art Categories

  • photography
  • computer art


San Marcos, CA 92078


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Attitude by Felix Bonomo
  • Attitude
  • Photography
  • 12 in x 15 in
  • $195
Can't Take It With You by Felix Bonomo
  • Can't Take It With You
  • Computer Art
  • 12 in x 10 in
  • $150
Clean Sweepers by Felix Bonomo
  • Clean Sweepers
  • Photography
  • 14 in x 11 in
  • $250
Finding Shelter by Felix Bonomo
  • Finding Shelter
  • Photography
  • 10 in x 13 in
  • $195
Jewel of a Lotus by Felix Bonomo
  • Jewel of a Lotus
  • Photography
  • 12 in x 12 in
  • $195
Kawa Karpo Mountain, China by Felix Bonomo
  • Kawa Karpo Mountain, China
  • Photography
  • 11 in x 15 in
  • $195
Lijiang Morning by Felix Bonomo
  • Lijiang Morning
  • Photography
  • 24 in x 18 in
  • $350
Sentimental Journey by Felix Bonomo
  • Sentimental Journey
  • Photography
  • 13 in x 10 in
  • $250
Shangri-La Lane by Felix Bonomo
  • Shangri-La Lane
  • Photography
  • 14 in x 20 in
  • $250
Sumi-e by Felix Bonomo
  • Sumi-e
  • Photography
  • 11 in x 16 in
  • $225
Tian Tan Buddha by Felix Bonomo
  • Tian Tan Buddha
  • Photography
  • 10 in x 12 in
  • $195