Oscar Bony was born in Posada, Misiones, Argentina. He attended the School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and also studied with artist Lucas Braulio Areco.
Bony was a very active artist who exhibited his work often. He was known for his He presented many solo exhibitions and his pieces were included in several collective exhibitions. His work can be found as part of the collections of important museums and institutions such as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Castagnino (MACRO), Rosario, Argentina; Fundación Federico Jorge Klemm, Argentina; and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Belgium.
Early on his career Bony introduced anti-establishment conceptual works, starting with “La Familia Obrera” (The Working Family) in 1968, when he tested the limits of what could be art, by placing an actual family on view at the Instituto Di Tella of Buenos Aires. Later on, in the early 90s, he produced what would be his best known work, a series of impressive photographs behind glass with holes made with bullets from a 9 mm pistol. These series conveys the impact of political violence and death at a personal level, in pieces like Kriminal, The Divine Light, and The Bad Light, all self-portraits of the artist. He was also commenting on its effect at a social level with other images of public displays of discontent such as Manifestacion (Protest), or views of poor neighborhoods and its inhabitants. The actual production process worked as a catharsis for the artist, who after creating an image would proceed to shoot it in strategic places. According to Bony, his hands were sweaty, but he was calm and focused.