Paul Bonaventura is the senior research fellow in fine art studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art and the special lecturer in fine art at Magdalen College, Oxford. He studied history of art at the University of Reading and Courtauld Institute of Art and trained as an exhibition organiser at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford before taking up a senior curatorial position at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1987. He moved to the University of Oxford in 1994.
Paul has organised exhibitions and projects by many artists, including Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, Sonia Boyce, Ian Breakwell, Susan Collins, Richard Deacon, Susan Derges, Mark Fairnington, Martha Fleming, Anya Gallaccio, John Gerrard, Graham Gussin, Tim Head, Tania Kovats, Christina Mackie, Jeremy Millar, Graeme Miller, Hayley Newman, Cornelia Parker, Elizabeth Price, Tom Price, John Riddy, Paul Rooney, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Jake Tilson, Alison Turnbull, Mark Wallinger, Richard Wentworth, Aaron Williamson, Keith Wilson, Richard Woods and Catherine Yass, and has written on a wide range of topics in Apollo, Artefactum, Artscribe, Art Monthly, Art Review, Metropolis M, Modern Painters, New Statesman, Parkett, Tate and the V&A Magazine.
He was the artistic advisor to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the UK Pavilion at Aichi Expo in 2005 and guest-curated the One Giant Leap season at BFI Southbank to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2009. He was a selector for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships in 2010 and is currently a trustee of Camden Arts Centre in London and Situations in Bristol, a special advisor to the Design and Artists Copyright Society and a member of the International Association of Art Critics.
Paul has a particular interest in collaborative working across disciplines and looks after the Ruskin School’s departmentally-based research activities.