ARTWORK : photography + painting
Arlene Bogna is a native Californian who seems to have had insight into her true calling early on in life. As a small child she would hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she staged and photographed scenes with her casts of dolls and stuffed animals. As a teen she was awarded various art scholarships and trained in figure drawing at Art Center and Otis Parsons. She earned a degree in film and literature at UCLA and spent a year studying cinema and mass media at the Universita di Bologna, Italy. Arlene went on to become an award-winning writer/director with over 25 commercials under her belt. Bogna’s film The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam debuted at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.
Arlene explores emotion and cultural identity in her photography and paintings with a formal interest in color and composition. Bogna’s artwork has been featured in ArtScene, SCWCA, and Los Angeles Times. Arlene has exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Gallery 825 (Jurors include Jay Belloli of the Armory Center for the Arts, Sugar Brown of George Billis Gallery with Artist Kent Twitchell), UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center (Art & Wine Auction), Project 210, the AIA award-winning home/gallery of Michael Collins & Daniel Banchik, and Bonhams & Butterfields (for Project Angel Food).
Bogna’s paintings also appeared in an award-winning PSA TV commercial in national rotation for the charity A Window Between Worlds.
Gerhard Richter, Mona Kuhn, Jeff Koons
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SAFARI AMERICANA: SCENES OF DELIGHT, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
DIFFUSIONS : A COLLECTION OF ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHS, Enza Costa Design Studio, LA, CA
AN EVENING OF ART & ARCHITECTURE, Barnsdall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
GROUP SHOW / VIP PREVIEW: Project 210, Pasadena, CA
GEM : Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
AURORA : Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
OPEN CALL LA : Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, CA
VS. : (w/ Lynda Lester-Slack) Gallery 825 Jurors: Sugar Brown, George Billis Gallery, & Kent Twitchell
ART & ARCHITECTURE : AIA award winning home/gallery of Michael Collins & Daniel Banchik, LA, CA
CRACKERJACK : Gallery 825. Juror: Belloli, The Armory Center for the Arts. Los Angeles, CA
GET : ART : Bonhams & Butterfields (Project Angel Food), Los Angeles, CA
ART & WINE AUCTION: UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
SUMMERSTOCK : Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
PETITE WORKS : Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
FOR THE LOVE OF THREE RIVERS, The Cort Gallery, Three Rivers, CA
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PRESS & REVIEWS
ArtScene, "Arlene Bogna and Barbara Blatt" by Suvan Geer, July 2008.
Los Angeles Times, "The List" Critic’s Preview by Christopher Knight Times Art Critic, July, 2008.
Los Angeles Times, "The List: Art Openings" Compiled by Grace Krilanovich, June 19, 2008.
Metromix,"Art attack: Arlene Bogna's Safari" by Kimberly Waid & Alie Ward, June 18, 2008.
AWBW Artist Spotlight, "Arlene Bogna" 2008.
SCWCA, "Women Around Town" By Suvan Geer, June 2008.
ExperienceLA, "The Hot List" July 15, 2008.
Moving Pictures Magazine, "Arlene Bogna's Canvas" by RaeAnne Marsh, July 2007.
Focal Points, Sierra Club Camera Committee Newsletter, 2006. (photo credit)