Photographer Gabriel Bonfim has always had a deep connection to the arts. This began already in his early childhood, growing up in a home surrounded by music, paintings and photography. Over time his strong inclination for the arts began to emerge more and more, so he took the decision to leave his legal studies at São Judas University to become a photographer.
His photography skills went from an amateur level to a professional level very quickly, especially compared to other professionals in the field. He started off by doing fashion photography and portraits. This work soon gained attention and showcased his strong production skills in directing photo shoots that are compelling and rich in ideas.
By the age of 20, whilst visiting Italy, Holland, Germany and Belgium, he achieved his goal of showing his work internationally. In Brussels, he was offered the position of Vice President of the Europe Top Model contest and created the Visage de Bruxelles editorial. As a result of his work in Europe, when he returned to Brazil he was asked to do his first major photo shoot for the magazine ACAPA.
Maryanto Fischer, a renowned German producer, discovered Gabriel's work through a website and immediately requested the authorisation to publish Gabriel’s photos on his own website, with Maryanto’s journalistic opinion on the work. With this publication, Gabriel’s work began to attract more attention in Europe. His young age combined with his high quality work and skills impressed many people and made him quickly stand out.
In 2011, at the invitation of the Aguias de Ouro Samba School in Brazil, Gabriel took photos of the Rainha de Bateria (‘Carnival Drum Queen’) of the time, Michelli Crisfepe. This was his first work to be published on a massive level by the Brazilian media.
In 2012, in Switzerland, Gabriel met his current associate and manager, Thomas Kurer. Thomas says, "Gabriel Bonfim has an exceptional eye for humans and their surroundings. That talent is what elevates him from being not just a high-performance people photographer but also a fine arts photographer.
Today, Gabriel’s widely varied portfolio includes playbills, fashion photography, artistic editorial work, CD and magazine covers, as well as many other topics and subjects. No matter what genre, his work always maintains the same high standard of quality and displays his unique way of creating a mood and distinct identity.
Gabriel’s recent projects include ‘Warm Americas’, which he began in 2012. The first part takes place in New York, with the fitness group Bar-Barians and a specially selected group of dancers from a wide variety of international backgrounds (yet all American citizens). The second part of ‘Warm Americas’ takes place in Rio, mixing – as usual – unknown people, professional models and also Brazilian celebrities such as Alessandra Maestrini and Cauby Peixoto.
Gabriel also works with internationally known celebrities. At the young age of 24, he was selected to be the photographer for Andrea Bocelli and his family during a very special and personal day – Andrea’s older son's birthday party in Istanbul, Turkey. He also shot photos of Andrea backstage and during his show in the Ülker Sports Arena.
In October 2016 Gabriel Bonfim had the opportunity to present his Tactography™ for the very first time to a wide viewing public, at São Paulo’s prestigious Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS), an institution of the Cultural Secretariat of the Government of the State of São Paulo (Secretaria da Cultura, Governo do Estado São Paulo). The exhibition featured a 12-part Tactography™ portrait series of well-known tenor Andrea Bocelli, as well as a 9-part portrait series of young ballet dancer Denis Vieira and a small selection of photographic portraits in colour and black & white.
The exhibition was conceived as an art experience for blind and sighted people alike: 2,570 visitors in 10 days, 11 newspaper articles, 10 magazine contributions, 3 radio interviews and 9 TV reports, over 70 Internet articles and over 2.2 million clicks across all social media attest to the enthusiasm shown by blind and sighted people for this exhibition. Even taxi drivers knew which museum had the “Arte Branco” on exhibit.