Bolli Blas

Dreaming with eyes wide open

My work conveys abstract ideas in a simple manner. I am interested in emotional impact and want to put across my values and beliefs and at the same time force others to question their own. 

I work mainly with large oil on canvas pieces. Many of my paintings feature wide-eyed characters which I call Bollis. They look right back at the viewer, representing eyes as windows of the soul, holding a mirror to modern society. The philosophical concepts, combined with simple, cheerful representation create a very personal universe searching emotional reaction in the viewer. 

Through my art, I want to change the world by representing my vision of utopia, a place where ethnicity and backgrounds don’t matter, where we are all the same, equal, where there is no prejudice, hatred or war. I paint people of all colours and sexual orientations. There are no rules, just Bollis dreaming with their eyes wide open.

My art is inspired by the street art, crafts and small galleries I saw on my backpacking travels everywhere from Guatemala to Peru and Zambia as much as the established artists in MOMA in New York.

Bollis have been exhibited in NYC, London and Milan and will be displayed in upcoming exhibitions in NYC, Nice, Paris and Madrid.

NEW YORK, Pier 94, 2021 Solo Art Expo, 22nd April – 25th April 2021
NICE, 2021 Art Fair, 9th April – 11th April 2021
NEW YORK, Manhattan, Van Der Plas Gallery, ‘Vor Kunst’ Exhibition, 23rd November – 2nd December 2020
MILAN, M.A.D.S. Gallery Milano, International Contemporary Art Exhibition ‘Mater’ 13th – 27th November 2020
NEW YORK, Manhattan, Van Der Plas Gallery, ‘Quo Vadis’ Exhibition, 28th September – 7th October 2020
LONDON, Hackney, ‘Art is why I wake up in the morning’ Exhibition, 14th October – 24th October 2020
LONDON, South Bank, ‘Art at the Theatre’ Exhibition, 10th September – 16th September 2020

Virtual Exhibitions:
LONDON, Scattered Gallery ‘Fake Space’ Exhibition, 4th November – 4th December 2020
FLORENCE, Internation Association of Visual Artists IAVA ‘Aid’ Exhibition, 1st October – 30th October 2020
LONDON, Scattered Gallery ‘Art at the Theatre’ Exhibition, 13th September – 12th October 2020

TV Interviews:
TORONTO, Darriel Roy Show, 28th November 2020

MADRID, Guto Ajayu Ediciones 2021 International book of contemporary art
TURIN, Corriere dell’arte ‘Lights for the future’, October 2020