Studio (free entry)
'Manuel Bonifacio: My Imaginary Cave' will be the fourth solo show in a series celebrating the six Award Winners of Outside In: National 2012; a triennial competition for artists from the margins.
Born in December 1947 near Lisbon, Portugal, Bonifacio pursued his interest in drawing and pottery after dropping out of school at the age of eight. His most recent collection of work, which features the award winning 'Mermaid' and a selection on pottery, is inspired by his love of archaeology and animals. At a young age, Bonifacio joined the fire brigade as a volunteer and his life's ambition was to be in the army. Many of his works reflect his passion for army transportation, depicting helicopters, aeroplanes, motorbikes and boats. His work is also inspired by politics and everything he sees on television. Most of it, however, comes straight from his colourful imagination.
Bonifacio paints, draws, sculpts and makes at ArtVenture - a creative day centre for adults with learning difficulties - for four hours every Wednesday and Friday. Since his Award win, Bonifacio has exhibited in Birmingham and London and now has work in collections in Switzerland and New York.