Alfio Bonanno was born in Milo (Etna), Sicily in 1947.
In the early 1950's his family immigrated to Australia, where he studied painting. In 1965 he returned to Sicily.
After working six years in Rome, Bonanno moved to the Island of Langeland in Denmark in 1973.
A pioneer of environmental art and a representative of the European development of Land Art or Art in Nature, Alfio Bonanno is a site-specific, outdoor installation artist who has been creating large-scale sculptures within selected, natural environments for the past 35 years.
The symbiosis between art, nature and ecology is an important aspect of his work, as is his role as artist, consultant and lecturer.
In 1985 his Sound Year Installation at the Miró Museum in Barcelona, Spain, a collaboration with Danish composer Gunner Møller Pedersen, was seen as a breakthrough in environmental art. It was on his initiative and with him as chairman that TICKON, Tranekær International Center for Art and Nature was created on the Danish Island of Langeland in 1990.
In 2004 he created Himmelhøj, a sculpture landscape containing four major site specific works commissioned by the Danish Minestry of the Environment and sited at Vestamager, Denmark.
In 2000 Lars R. Jensen and Torben K. Madsen with support from the Danish Film Institute and Danish Video workshop produced "Fragments of a Life", a 45 min. documentary film on Alfio Bonanno and his
work. This Film has been shown on Danish National Television and at Film Festivals in Denmark (where it was awarded a prize). Also shown in Germany and at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington , DC, USA.
In 2005 he was awarded Hydro Texaco`s "Friend of the Tree" Prize. (Prisen "Træets ven").
In June 2006, Alfio Bonanno was awarded on behalf of the Italian President Carlo Azeglio Campi,The Order OSSI, Ordine della Stella della Solidarietá Italiana.
Since the late 1970's he has worked in many countries with and in natural and urban landscapes with site specific projects both with large structures of natures own materials and with conceptual acts.
In 2008, Alfio Bonanno represented Denmark at the International Sculpture Biennial, SCULPTUR NATURE, Aglié (Torino), Italy.
In 2009, he created the CO2 CUBE Project, Sct.Jørgens Lake, Copenhagen (Coinciding with COP15 Climate Change Conference).
Selected exhibitions and installations include:
Miró Museum, Barcelona, Spain - British Drawing Biennial National Museum of Wales, UK - Birmingham Art Gallery, UK -Middlesbrough Art Gallery, UK - Trondheim Art Museum, Norway - Guiness Hop Store, Dublin, Ireland - Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark - Arte Sella, Art Nature Biennial, Italy - The Wilderness Sanctuary, Allihies, Ireland - European Art Nature Triennial, Denmark - Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark - The South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, USA - The Danish Sculpture Biennial - Sluice 2000, Norme Beach,Telemark, Norway - Represented at the Lake Garden of the Louisiana Museum of Modem Art, Humlebæk, Denmark - Cedarhurst Sculpture Park and Mitchell Museum, Mt.Vernon, IL, USA - Sameura Forest Park Sculpture Trail, Tosa-Cho, Shikoku, Japan - TICKON, Tranekær Int., Center for Art and Nature, Langeland, Denmark - Art of Bamboo, Nitiprayan , Java, Indonesia - Artsummer 2002, KunstNaturLandschaft,Gehren /Niederlausitz, Germany - Sculpture Biennial "Natures Urbaines", Fontenay-sous-Bois, (Paris) France - "Shore/Lines", 2003, MacLaren Art Center and shoreline of Lake Simcoe, Barrie, Canada - 2003, "Ratio Naturalis", Aahus Kunstbygning , Denmark - 2004, "Himmelhøj", Four major site specific Installations for a non tradtional Playground for peopleof all ages. Vestamager Nature Center, Denmark - 2005, "Målselv Varde", Monumental Site Specific Sculpture, Olsborg, Troms, Norway - 2007, "ARK", Site specific sculpture commissioned by the Natural World Museum, USA for the International Climate change exhibition, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - 2008 Represented Denmark at the Art Ii Biennial of Environmental Sculpture, Ii, Finland.
Some recent publications that include his work:
2006, "Destination Art" by Amy Dempsey, Thames and Hudson - "Sculpture Parks. Art and Nature in Europe. A Guide", Foundacion NMAC and Documenta Artes y Ciencias Visuales, Spain - 2007,"Art in Action", nature, creativity and our collective future. Natural World Museum. Earth Aware Editions, USA - "Della Land Art Alla Bioarte" a cura di Ivana Mulatero, Collana PAV Parco d`Arte Vivente, Torino - "Il Luogo e le Opere", Arte e Architettura: Nuovo Dialogo per Nuovi Paessagi. By Marcella Tisi.Celid Editor,Torino - ARTE CONTEMPORANEA Vol. 8, Scenari e Materiali, Mondadori Electa, 2008 - "Kunsten må gerne berøres" 20 års sanseudstillinger I Kunsthallen Brandts,Brandts forlag 2008 - "Landscapes For ART" Contemporary Sculpture Parks. Edited by Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer. ISC Press USA 2008 - Louisiana Skulpturpark by Helle Crenzin, Louisiana Libery 2008 - "Døren til mit eventyr" Skulptur Støberiet, Jørn Svendsen, Narayana Press 2008.
Member of: Kunstnersamfundet, TRANSIT and BKF.