Bonnie Neumann


Bonnie Neumann is a painter, working with oils on paper, panel, linen and canvas. Her references to the natural world are reductive and formal. She is interested in the portrayal of the moment in two-dimensional space: stop motion glimpses of things that are not still, and the disjunction between the perception of something that transcends time, and the image of it in real time. She refers to this as showing the force and structure behind an experience. She has often employed silkscreen patterning in layers, and more recently employs gestural strokes of wet into wet paint.

She received her MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA and her BFA from California State University, Hayward. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, The Western Gallery, Washington Western University, Bellingham, WA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, the former Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, and the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Her studio is in Emeryville, CA.


  • 1996 Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Mills College, Oakland, California
  • 1978 Bachelor of Arts, California State University, Hayward California

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


  • Bonnie Neumann: Water, Light, and Time, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California
  • Bonnie Neumann/Lewis Watts, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco (two-person)


  • Bonnie Neumann at Avenue 64 Gallery, BRE Properties, Emeryville, California


  • Bonnie Neumann at The Quarterly At Latham Square, Pro Arts, Oakland, California


  • Bonnie Neumann and Livia Stein, 455 Market Street, San Francisco, California


  • Recent Paintings by Bonnie Neumann, Zen Hospice, San Francisco, California

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • The Edge Effect. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
  • Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California


  • ...and Sea (3-person), Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, California


  • 5 from 415: Marlene Angeja; Gale Antokal; Carol Ladewig; Bonnie Neumann and Amy Trachtenberg, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport Connecticut


  • Painting Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California
  • Lure: Bay Area Artists Explore the Sea, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • December Group Show, Terminus.Gallery, Oakland, California


  • Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, New Mexico
  • Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
  • Of Water: Contemporary Paintings by 20 Bay Area Artists, Bay Model, Sausalito, California
  • Art of the Line, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California Merit Award


  • Ornamentation: The Art of Desire, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California


  • Hidden Order: Pattern & Content in Contemporary Abstraction, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California


  • Surface Tension, The Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


  • Surface Tension: Pattern and Ornament in Contemporary Painting, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California


  • Contemporary Pattern, Artsource, The Mills Building, San Francisco, California
  • Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California


  • Architecture and Archetypes: Bonnie Neumann, Pia Stern, and Rob Douglas, 455 Market Street, San Francisco, California


  • Exemplary Contemporary, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California


  • Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California

Selected Collections

  • US Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Stanford University Medical Center
  • Community Hospital Monterey Peninsula
  • The Ellington, Oakland, California

Selected Publications and Reviews


  • 1996 Teaching Assistant, Painting and Drawing, Mills College
  • 1997–2010 Visual Arts, Olympic High School, Concord, California