Jyl Bonaguro Artist Playwright Sculptor Chicago

Jyl Bonaguro, Artist 

is a self taught sculptor and playwright, specializing in carving Italian marble by hand. Often working spontaneously, Jyl Bonaguro has a modern approach to the ancient art of stone carving that diverges from the formal academic approach. Raw stone is revealed in select areas, leaving sections untouched and natural, reminiscent of fragments excavated by archaeologists.

Jyl Bonaguro find similarities working in mediums as divergent as sculpting and playwriting because both mediums are treated as interactive, narrative forms. Sculptures like her marble wings series tells a story through composition of form and style in much the same way a play like Swan Soong tells a story through composition of words and style. Both forms require audience participation and interaction to help complete the stories and connect us with each other. 

Jyl Bonaguro’s works have been featured in publications like CS Modern Luxury Interiors, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader and Sheridan Road and are in private art collections throughout the United States. Select sculpture exhibitions include: SOFA Chicago, Scope Miami, Aqua Art Miami, “Nature in Motion” Lincoln Park Zoo IL, “Voices and Visions” at the Highland Park Art Center IL and “Intertwined” at the Korean Cultural Center IL. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

LIFTED a short documentary film by Motion Filmworks of Jyl Bonaguro and her experiences in Pietrasanta & Carrara, Italy.

Portrait of Jyl Bonaguro Artist by Maggie Iribarren of Motion Filmworks and headline portrait by Tuan Bui & Co Photography