By Ugo Nonis: Born and raised in Paris, I moved to the United States in 2000, I lived in NYC then recently moved to LA. My process is very straight forward, I grab a canvas, some markers and start. Most of the time I think about people I know or situations I've encountered and represent them in a way only I can recognize. While painting I follow my hand and let it guide me, after a while I look at the work and I see how to move forward making shapes I love. I have rules that I follow and sometimes break. I like to try to paint on different surfaces as each surface feels different, I am always looking for the smoothest one. I really enjoy the feeling of my hand sliding and creating lines.
My main inspiration is the people in my life. Every time I start a painting I think about someone I know and the way we are related. I paint my ideas and feelings about that person then after a while I just let my mind wander and let other outside elements influence me. I also paint my wishes and use that time to daydream. As far as visual inspiration I can't really tell you because I really don't know where my art comes from, I never went to art school or thought about what type of art I wanted to do. My roomate in NYC (Brian Sensebe) is a super talented painter, he had an empty canvas, I grabbed it and theses lines came out of nowhere. I am sure a million visual things inspire me but I am not conscious about it.
This is oil paint markers on canvas, it's the first time I used an accent of color. The meaning of this painting is mine to keep but as with all my work I love to let people find their own and let their imagination travel in the painting.
This is a painting that is very dear to me as the owner is one of the
kindest and best man I know. If you find the dead Snoopy you win an iPhone
This painting has found a home in Paris. This is a Black on Black canvas.
The picture doesn't do it justice, the ink reflects the light in very
interesting ways. Sometimes it looks all black without lines but if you
walk a few feet left then you can see them appear.
Cass and Loft
Those are iPhone covers I created. They are available from my site at
I had an old school deck at my house so I decided to paint it, I really
like the smoothness of the painted wood.
My friend Rick is a talented
surfboard shaper in NYC, he made this canvas from the same materials
as a surfboad. I loved the feeling of painting on it.
Don't leave anything laying around at my house cause it might end up like
this. I am always looking for new surfaces to paint on.
This board was shaped by Rick with a little help from me. I wish I was
a good enough surfer to ride a board that stands out like that.
This is the first time I tried to work with thicker lines and it was a
revelation. I love the boldness of thicker lines. I want to explore ways
to go bigger so I can paint big areas.
I did this painting the first week I moved to Venice beach from NYC, it
represents my first inpression of sunny California.
This is an other attempt at thicker lines. It's called Wrm because an
Eagle is diving down to eat a worm.
I am having a show may 22nd I am showing about 20 pieces. The opening
starts at 8pm and the show will be up for a month. Come by and bring your
Email artugononis at gmail dot com | Website.
I am open to commissions.