Christopher Bonnette was born and raised in Los Angeles. Since the age of four he knew he wanted to be an artist. He mostly stayed indoors drawing the cartoons he would watch on television. He was taught at an early age to be "constructive not destructive" by his mother. His father was a hard working machinist who taught him the responsibility of getting a job and providing for your family. Having an older brother who would force him to watch horror movies made him develop a strange fascination for monsters, aliens, robots, and anything that goes bump in the night. He would often suffer from night terrors because of this.
His father would also tell him ghost and voodoo stories of the old days when he lived o
n the farm in
Louisiana. In 1984 he suffered a grand mall seizure and was clinically deceased for two minutes. Due to this fact his artistic style tends to be dark and macabre yet still maintain a cute whimsical appearance. It is a balance of shape, line and form along with color that makes his artwork very appealing. Christopher is a true Gemini and never allows he to be pigeon holed into one classification.
He can be a graphic designer as well as an illustrator and a fine artist as well as a commercial artist.
Right before entering High School he volunteered at John Muir Public Library to teach arts and crafts for the children's summer program. Christopher's dedication to art is representative in even his early childhood years. A High School art teacher saw Christopher's talent and
to participate in the Otis College summer program. This led him to be
accepted at the Otis College of Art and Design. He majored in Illustration and dedicated the four years of his life to further his craft. His hard work and dedication was rewarded after receiving the 1998 Senior Thesis Award.
He has participated in five art shows that have been very successful. His art can be seen in galleries,
stores, and homes all over the U.S.A., and from Germany to Japan. There is no medium that
Christopher's work cannot be adapted to. From apparel, book, toys, and anything
that can be imagined Christopher will continue to be happy if many people can enjoy what he enjoys doing. Christopher resides in California along with his lovely wife and two dogs Odin and Tengu.
Why mythology and folklore?
I have always loved tall tales. I have collected many books on mythology and folklore from all around the world. The one thing I noticed most of the books did not have pictures and if they did they were very old. I want to update the pictorial history of the creatures of legend. I try to create the illustration as accurate as possible but still keep them
whimsical, stylish, and modern. If the image is not fully accurate to its original description I will state it as an artists interpretation.
Besides no one knows how these creatures may have looked.
I am dedicated to keeping the tales of the past known so they are not forgotten. I still hold the hope that mankind has a lot left to discover. This will be a series of 100 paintings that I hope to publish into a book. After seeing the response of my mythological paintings on the site I am sure it will go way past 100 and continue for the rest of my life.