Cory Bonnet is a Pittsburgh oil painter and preservationist who paints contemporary nostalgic scenes of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area using salvaged and reclaimed materials.
Bonnet earned a BFA in Drawing and a Minor in Art History from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1998. The importance of sustainable development was a huge catalyst in defining his work. The use of reclaimed materials and focus on conservation of historic buildings led Bonnet to earn the title of LEED AP from the USGBC. This gave him an in-depth understanding of sustainable building practices and reinforced his commitment to using salvaged, reclaimed or sustainable materials in his work.
Bonnet was named “2017 Preservationist of the Year” by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh.
Bonnet has worked on a number of community development initiatives and works with local charities to help them reach fundraising goals.
Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, Cory Bonnet has always appreciated the inherent beauty of the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. His paintings reflect the optimism and beauty he sees in his hometown.
Bonnet’s work can be seen at Shehady Gallery 1421 Penn Ave in the Strip.