Buffalo Bonker was born and raised in Orange County, California. He
first learned to draw portraits as a child and began to receive
commissions for portraits and murals as young as age 10. He further
developed his painting style and technique over the years by
disciplined self-study and by immersing himself in the strong artist
communities of Santa Cruz and Marin Counties in California. Desiring to
focus on his painting with less distraction, he eventually relocated to
Iowa, where he currently resides.
Bonker's postmodern paintings experiments with the distortion and repurposing of recognizable imagery. Through the use of cropping, stretching and rotating, new paintings are created with new perspectives and compositions. Parts of the original image continue to hint to the images previous version.