Bony Bullrich

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Bony Bullrich
Héctor Guillermo "Bony" Bullrich

(1964-12-07)7 December 1964
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Known forPainting, drawing, sculpture and conceptualism.
MovementConceptual art

Héctor Guillermo "Bony" Bullrich (born 1964) is a lawyer, aviator, entrepreneur and conceptual artist. In his first three years as an artist, Bullrich developed four projects: Free Zones, Neo-XVIII-ism, the art direction of "Alvear Fashion and Arts" and "Demonstrations over a red carpet".[1][2][3]

His first known artistic intervention took place in the fourth edition of Alvear Fashion & Arts in 2006. He was the curator of the show where spontaneously the social and political leader Raul Castells, who heads the Independent Movement of Pensioners and Unemployed (MIJD), organized a demonstration against it.[4] Castells organized a popular pot against child malnutrition and slave labor while Bony invited him to visit the exhibition.

Biographical review[edit]


Bony Bullrich was born on December 7, 1964 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Son of professor, writer and businesswoman Nieves Bosco de Bullrich and grandson of Beatriz Bibiloni Webster de Bullrich, the woman who inspired Jorge Luis Borges to write his two only poems in English.[5] Bony Bullrich is the only male descendant of the eldest son of Adolfo Bullrich, founder of the Bullrich house (where today is the Patio Bullrich) and mayor of Buenos Aires between 1898 and 1902.[6] His father died when he was one year old. His grandfather, Hector Bullrich Urioste, exercised the legal image and fatherhood since he was a lawyer, jurisprudence Doctor and general district attorney. It was also a solid counselor to Bony his other grandfather professor and doctor Guillermo Andrés Bosco[7] (academic), first National Prize of Culture (the most important prize granted in Argentina at that time) in sciences applied to medicine as well as his uncle Carlos Ayerza, a decisive influence on his outgoing and worldly character with his wife and Bony´s aunt Guillermina Bosco.

He is the only descendant of Juan Antonio Bibiloni, author of the bill to reform the civil code in 1926 and Justice Minister, in the presidency of José Figueroa Alcorta. In honor to his legacy the side street of the school of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, bears his name.[8]

Early works[edit]

Bony Bullrich is a lawyer, graduated at the school of law of the University of Buenos Aires in 1987. He escaped from Buenos Aires with the excuse of attending a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Dowling College, United States that finally he accomplished. He arrived to New York when he was twenty two years old with an H1 Visa to work as a professor of Social Studies for the New York City Board of Education, which granted him his USA. green card. After completion of the immigration procedure he became a market analyst for air transport in North America and the Caribbean, UNDP project consultant (United Nations Development Programme) in Argentina, Venezuela and Uzbekistan.

After living seven years in New York City, Bony settled in England and was second in command to German Count Federico Zichy-Thyssen, one of the most well known breeders of Arabian horses of the twentieth century worldwide. He was executive director of the iconic "Egerton Stud"[9] in Newmarket (England), school of famous racehorses such as the Triple Crown of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, Persimmon and other horses of the British Crown, which trained since then in the historic stud. In an interview to "Caras" Magazine due to the death of Count Federico, where his friends paid tribute to his legacy, Bony Bullrich said: "I had the feeling that the horse understood him, it was a symbiosis that I never saw again".[10][11]

Artistic stage[edit]

Back in Buenos Aires where he settled in 2001 one year after his first exhibition he curated "Alvear Fashion and Arts", he exhibited at the Museum of Plastic Arts Eduardo Sívori for Amnesty International, at the National Museum of Decorative Art in a retrospective of the 20th century curated by Alberto Otero for the 25th anniversary of D&D magazine, at the Metropolitan Museum of Buenos Aires, at the Museum of Art of Tiger, (DARA), intervened UNHCR refugees in the Streets of the city of Buenos Aires, he exhibited his work "Diamond with a necklace" at the Republic Square (where is the obelisk in 9 de Julio Avenue) for the International Day of gender violence.[12] He also exhibited at the Arts Pavilion.[13]

Bony Bullrich moves objects to places where we question its rationale. "The red carpet in The streets of La Matanza" (Poorest neighborhood of Buenos Aires). "Asamblea" was called historic by Newspaper La Nación and a debate in the media.

His performance "Assembly" where Recoleta's neighbors (the most expensive neighborhood of Buenos Aires) marched in the streets as picketers was considered "historic" by the newspaper "La Nación" (The local New York Times) and the international press including the BBC (Turkey).[14] [15] 13 In the Pavilion of Fine Arts at the Catholic University of Argentina, President Mauricio Macri and First Lady Juliana Awada, chose the thrones of Bony Bullrich for a photo for the press at the opening night of the exhibition. The installation is called "Two Rubber thrones and the packed supreme power".[16] Since it was three years before he was elected, while he was governor of Buenos Aires, Bullrich renamed the installation with the name: "The Oracle of Bony" on November 22, 2015, when he won the historic two-round system.[17] His last work was an habitat in the future which he imagines eternal and mythological, with gods and heroes. As the Greeks betrayal reached his grandmother Beatriz Bibiloni Webster de Bullrich that inspired the English poems written by Jorge Luis Borges and to whom he dedicated them. ("Two English poems", from the book "El otro, el mismo." published by Emecé Publishers in his complete works). The Revenge was aimed to writer Adolfo Bioy Casares because in his book "Borges" publishes the most intimate secrets of the artist's family, even the suicide of his aunt Sara Bibiloni Webster de De Marchi Roca.[18]

Inspired in this story, he created the scenario of a myth: "The bedroom of his grandmother Beatriz" (when Borges was in love with her) for what he did a stone fortress to protect her from Adolfo Bioy Casares in the Olympus and in a performance with the presence of Maria Kodama (Borges's wife) he sends a letter to his grandmother to the world of the dead where he tells her of the betrayal of the writer.[19]

Bony Bullrich And María Kodama (wife of Jorge Luis Borges) in the performance of the house of Beatriz in the Olimpo.
"Upper power", a work made with bottles of plastic.
"Thrones" in the final of the 122° Open championship Argentinian of Polo.

His most controversial performance was: Who is the Minotaur? The absurd is one of the vehicles to approach it that collides with other axes and that is his intention. In the performance (which is also a fact) he accepts to participate in the elections for mayor of Buenos Aires for the MIJD led by Raul Castells, who elected Bony Bullrich in an assembly of thousands of members.[20] Six months before he was elected in the assembly they made a picket against Alvear Fashion and Arts when Bullrich was curator and Raul Castells, the picketer leader called him an oligarch and a nazi. Castells and Bullrich engaged in a creative friendship. With Cristina Dompe and other social organizations created together "Demonstrations over a red carpet": Itinerating Museums with work lent by corporations of worldwide master Antonio Berni, Carlos Alonso and Benito Quinquela Martín among others in the streets, with the Kennedy chorus, and other popular artists. In less than six months went from being hated to elected by a large assembly to occupy the position of candidate to Vice Governor of the city of Buenos Aires. Alicia de Arteaga in an interview for the newspaper La Nación, cited above, on February 27, 2007, defined the encounter Bullrich-Castells as "an unexpected cultural bridge",[21] which Marcos Aguinis in the best seller: "The atrocious charm of being Argentine II" [22] (El atroz encanto de ser Argentinos II) believes that deserves support, the central news of canal 13 the most important channel of Argentina said that the project was a surprise, and the people in general where impressed by the union of two opposites of Argentinian society.

Finally, despite its sensitivity in the generation of bridges, his art is published in the best journals of art and decoration of Argentina and the world.[23]

Works and exhibitions[edit]

  • Borges, poems, Beatriz...Thread of Ariadna 3G. Sandy areas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 September 2015
  • Retrospective. 2014
  • Diamond with a necklar. Rupiblic Square. Buenos Aires. 2013.
  • Intervention of the pilasters of Pilar. 2013.
  • Argentinian Catholic university. Arte Utilitario. 2012.
  • Collective exhibitions. Sofitel. November 2011.
  • Museum "del Tigre". DARA. 2011.
  • National museum of Decorative Art. Retrospective of the 20th century for the 25 years of D&D. 2011.
  • Assembly.
  • Cultural picket at José Ignacio. Uruguay. "Tierra Negra" Gallery. 2010.
  • FOA house. Utopia....The 21st century. 2009.
  • Documentary: "Cultural Picket". With Cristina Dompe and Josue Lezica.
  • The instalación that uncovers his proyect: "The imposible environment for systems of beliefs".
    Intervention of the Carp of ACNUR´s tent. High commissioner of the United Nations for the refugees. Organized by the secretary of Human rights of the Government of
  • Sivori Museum. Digital footprints. Exhibition organized by Amnesty International.
  • Curaduría And Direction of Art of Alvear Fashion and Arts 2006.
  • The alfombramiento of "La Matanza". First cultural picket on red carpet. 2006.
  • The alfombramiento of "Lanús". Second cultural picket on red carpet. 2006.
  • Picket on red carpet of Port Madero. 2006.
  • Trench Gallery. Punta del Este, Uruguay. 2006.
  • Intervention of the Stand of D&D Arteba. 2005.
  • Galeria The stars. Individual exhibition. Punta del Este, Uruguay. 2005.
  • Alvear Fashion and Arts. Neo-XVIII-ismo. 2005.
  • Free Zones. Individual 2004. Cover of D&D magazine.
  • Alvear Fashion & Arts. Cat ballou. Semiotic visual of an icon. 2004
  • Open study. Workshops of Artists. 2004.


  1. ^ Bullrich, Bony. "Vocación liberada" (PDF). Zonas Liberadas. Diseño y Decoración.
  2. ^ «Extra Deco».
  3. ^ Alicia de Arteaga. "Un impensado puente cultural". La Nación.
  4. ^ Guerriero, Leila. "Un piquetero llamado Bullrich". La Nación (in Spanish).
  5. ^ "Two English Poems". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ Adolfo Jacobo Bullrich Rejas Genealogía familiar
  7. ^ Bosco, Guillermo Andrés. "Genealogía familiar".
  8. ^ Bibiloni, Juan Antonio (1929–1932). "Leyes, etc. Anteproyecto de reformas al Código civil argentino: presentado a la comisión encargada de redactarlo" (in Spanish). Valerio Abeledo.
  9. ^ "Grave Matters Egerton Stud". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  10. ^ Esteves, Diego (27 de agosto de 2014).
  11. ^ Bianchi, Martín (31 de agosto de 2014).
  12. ^ Bullrich, Bony (28 October 2011). "Retrospectiva". Arte Online.
  13. ^ "Art and Utility Design " Scout Network Blog". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  14. ^ Celikkol, Sol (30 de octubre de 2010).
  15. ^ Bullrich, Bony. "Trono".
  16. ^ «Glitzy Agosto».
  17. ^ Watts, Jonathan; Aires, Uki Goñi in Buenos. "Argentina shifts to the right after Mauricio Macri wins presidential runoff". the Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  18. ^ Bioy Casares, Adolfo (2006). Borges. Destino. ISBN 9789507320859.
  19. ^ Néspolo, Matías (19 de noviembre de 2015).
  20. ^ «Se define el armado de la oposición nacional».
  21. ^ "Un impensado puente cultural". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  22. ^ "The Atrocious Charm of Being Argentine 2". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  23. ^ Camou, Antonio (June 2006). "Dos poemas de Borges y una mujer perdida". Suplemento Cultural Diario Hoy (La Plata).

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