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Mario Benjamin | Haiti

Born in 1964, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
Lives and works in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Painting, sculpture, installation
http://www.mariobenjamin.net/

Self-taught.

In 2008, Irène Lichtenstein realizes the documentary Mario Benjamin, le film – that won the Best Documentary Award at the International Festival of Black Film in Montréal in 2009.

With the group Atis Rezistans, the Grand Rue of Port-au-Prince trio of sculptors, Mario Benjamin creates the Freedom Sculpture in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, in 2006.

Individual shows by Mario Benjamin

Mario Benjamin at Revue Noire, Paris (2012-2013) ; a presentation at the Galerie Monnin of Pétion-Ville, Haiti (2011) ; two simultaneous exhibitions in Brussels in Belgium in 2010 – Reinventing the past at the Nomad Gallery and a show (following an artist residency) at the Musée de Botanique ; Mario Benjamin at the Etra Gallery of Miami (2008) ; Fleurs Cannibales at the Galerie Monnin of Pétion-Ville, Haiti (2007) ; Mario Benjamin at the Afronova gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa (2007) ; Trait d’Union at the Institut Français of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2006) ; an exhibition at the Institut Français of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2005) ; Mario Benjamin : Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami (2003) ; a show at the Alliance Française of Jacmel, Haiti (2002) and a presentation at the Cultural Centre AfricAmérica of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2002).

Collective exhibitions

Caribbean : Crossroads of the World in New York – 3 museums (2012-2013) ; Who More Sci-Fi Than Us at the Kunsthal KadE of Amersfoort in The Netherlands (2012) ; Haiti : Kingdom of this World at the 54th Venice Biennial, in Paris, France, in Miami, USA, in Guadeloupe and in Jacmel, Haiti (2011) ; the 6th Forum Transculturel d’Art Contemporain of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2011) ; Kreyol Factory at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (2009) ; Latitudes – Terres du Monde at the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) of Paris, France (2007-2008) ; Afronism at the Afronova gallery of Johannesburg, South Africa (2007) ; Latitudes – Terres de l’Atlantique at the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) of Paris, France (2004) ; Lespri Endepandan : Discovering Haitian Sculpture at the Frost Art Museum of Miami, Florida (2004) ; Ettercolombus.com at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Norway (2003) ; Haïti – Génération 2000 at the Galerie Bourbon-Lally of Montréal, Canada (2001) ; Anges et Démons at the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris (2000) and Caribe – Exclusión, fragmentación y paraíso at the MEIAC of Badajoz, Spain (1998).

Biennials, fairs

Mario Benjamin exhibited his work in the 54th Venice Biennial, in 2011, with Haiti Kingdom of this world, in the first Haitian pavillion, as well as in the 10th (2009) and 7th (1997) Havana Biennials. In 2010, he is invited by the Biennial of African Art Dak’Art altogether with Maksaens Denis, Barbara Prézeau-Stephenson and Jean Hérard Céleur. The artist also participated in the Biennial of Gwangju, South Korea (2008) ; to the 52d (2007) and 49th (2001) Venice Biennial – in the African pavillion ; in the 4th Caribbean Biennial in Santo Domingo (2001) and in the 24th São Paulo’s Biennial in Brazil (1998).

His artworks were showcased in the Black Festival Art Show in New York (2001, 2006-2009), in Art Miami and in Art Paris Art Fair.

He was part of the show of the 50th Salon d’Art Contemporain of Montrouge, France in 2005.

In 2010, Mario Benjamin receives a Prize from the Fondation Blachère of Apt in France.

Interview of Mario Benjamin (december 2013)

Mario Benjamin exhibits in the International Pavilion of the BIAC Martinique, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain, which first edition is held from November 22, 2013 to January 15, 2014 and which theme is “On the Resonance of the Literary Outcry in the Visual Arts“. For this need, Uprising travelled to the Martinique from November 19 to 26 to report on the event and conduct a series of interviews of the organizing team, the invited curators, the artists in residency and the artists from the International and Martinican Pavilions. In December 2013, Mario answered to our questions on his painting, his aleatory compositions and his quest. Read more

Exclusive Interview with Mario Benjamin (2012)

Mario Benjamin answered to the questions of Uprising, regarding his practice. Read his interview here.