Absolut Hawaii, 1991

Absolut Hawaii, 1991

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After moving to the US in the late seventies, Eduardo Studied at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in NYC, a school also attended by eighties street art icons Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. During his stay in NYC he met Andy Warhol by chance in the Village, exchanged a few words and Warhol invited him to his Birthday party at Bonds.
Even though NYC had a lot to offer him, he had a hard time balancing his art and his passion for surfing there, so he took a year off to chase waves , backpacking and camping in remote areas in South America.
By 85 he moved to Honolulu, where he earned a living painting surfboards including for world champions such as
Shaun Tomson, Martin Potter , Sunny Garcia and also painted a board for comedian Dana Carvey. He soon became an art director for surf brands like Local Motion and Blue Hawaii while also designing for Gotcha, Quiksilver and Billabong.
He also designed concert posters during his early years in Hawaii, in 88 he created the poster for the May 8, Miles Davis concert at the Waikiki Shell, Miles was so impressed with the art work that he asked Eduardo to sign it for him. They met again on his last visit to Hawaii and Miles invited Eduardo to visit him on his next trip to the continental US. During that period he met several musicians like Carlos Santana, Dave Wakeling , Bo Diddley, Patti Labelle and many more.
His unique style caught the attention of Myles Tanaka, art director of VH1, and soon after he was creating animations
for the music channel.
In 91 he became the ABSOLUT HAWAII artist, participating in the “Statehood” campaign that was published in
USA Today, Newsweek and Time Magazine, in 93 he was asked to move back to his native country Uruguay, to create
the piece for the ABSOLUT URUGUAY campaign. That same year Bolioli signed an exclusive agreement with an art
publishing company with galleries in NY, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In 94 Absolut Vodka changed hands and dropped the campaign and by 95 just before the birth of his first son, the art
publisher closed without notice and disappeared with all of Bolioli’s work.
With a new family to support, Bolioli quit painting and worked in marketing for a beverage distributor. He raised his two
boys in Uruguay, and in 2014 he left South America for Honolulu once again.
Once in Honolulu he searched for work and even considered construction work, his friend professional surfer Jun Jo,
convinced him to stop wasting time, and told him to start painting again and gave him a one man show at his In4mation
Since then Eduardo only lifted a hammer to hang his work.
In the past two years Bolioli had numerous art exhibits in Hawaii, California and Uruguay, his work was also published in
Italy as part of the book IRio by Benedetta Tadei, Posca markers are now publishing a new book in France featuring
Bolioli’s work as the artist pioneer who started painting surfboards with Posca markers.


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