Milena Bonilla was born in 1975 in Bogota, Colombia, and she currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
She graduated in visual arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia in 2000, and followed a post-academic course at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2009. Milena Bonilla’s current practice involves explorations on knowledge interpreted as a work force, and Nature as an entity colonized by language, consumed in a massive scale through images. The artist uses a variety of media in her production including installations, video, drawing, text, public interventions and photography.
Her work has been shown in various selected group shows in Bildmuseet(2008), Bucharest Biennial (2008), Konstall C (2009), X Havanna Biennial (2009), Rijksakademie Open (2009-2010), Kunst and Kultur am Rosa Luxembourg Platz(2010), El Parqueadero Bogotá (2010), Institute of International Visual Arts(2010), MaMM(2010 and 2017), Istanbul Biennial (2011), Centro Wilfredo Lam (2011), SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway (2011)Shanghai Biennial (2012), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneous(2012), Flora ars + natura(2013), Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica (2013), Tabacalera(2015), CA2M (2015), MOCAD(2015, Ibid Projects (2015), The Mistake Room (2015), Grand Cafe Centre d’art Contemporain (2016), Jeannine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (2016),The Jewish Museum 2017), Ar/Ge Kunst(2017), Centro del Carmen (2017)
Her work is part of the private collections from Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY, Centre national des arts plastiques CNAP, Paris, Arco Foundation, Madrid, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, Luiz A. Teixeira de Freitas, Lisbon , Colección de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá,Zabludowicz Collection, London