Siona Benjamin

Biography

SIONA BENJAMIN

Born in Mumbai, India, Siona Benjamin was brought up in a Jewish community among a complex montage of Eastern and Western religions. Informed by the world around her Siona Benjamin's work is transcultural and transnational. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.

She was awarded her first Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for an art project titled Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. The first exhibit was in October 2013 at the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, India, which was covered by The Times of India, The Mumbai Mirror, Midday Newspaper and Caravan Magazine.

Currently on her second Fulbright Fellowship in Israel, her new work will be the subject of the 2017 Jerusalem Biennale. A solo exhibition from this series was on view at the Opalka Gallery in Albany, NY (August 23 October 9, 2016) and will travel to the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in September 2017 following her solo show at ACA Galleries in New York.

The documentary film Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin was recently released and shown at numerous film festivals across the United States.

Benjamin has exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, ArtNews, Moment magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel and numerous other newspapers, magazines, journals and books.

References:

Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders, edited by Elizabeth Greenberg. Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY, 2016 Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin, directed by Hal Rifken, 2015.

Selected Works

Exodus #1

Gouache and mixed media on museum board mounted on wood panel, 2016

14 × 10 in

Exodus #3

Gouache and mixed media on museum board mounted on wood panel, 2016

13 × 19 in

Exodus #4

Gouache, 22K gold leaf and mixed media on museum board mounted on wood panel, 2016

16 × 10 in

Exodus #5

Gouache and mixed media on museum board mounted on wood panel, 2016

15 × 9 in

Exodus #6

Gouache, 22K gold leaf and mixed media on museum board mounted on wood panel, 2016

16 × 10 in

Exodus #7

Gouache and gold leaf on wood panel, 2016

21 × 15 in

Exodus #7

Gouache and gold leaf on wood panel, 2016

21 × 15 in

Exodus #8 "Tupac & Company" Triptych

Gouache and mixed media on museum board mounted on wood panel, 2017

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Exodus #9

Gouache and gold leaf on matt board mounted on wood panel, 2016

18 × 15 in

Exodus #9

Gouache and gold leaf on matt board mounted on wood panel, 2016

18 × 15 in

Exodus: I See Myself in You

Gouache, Acrylic & 22K Gold lead on Wood Panel, 2016

41 × 120 in

Fereshtini #6-9 (Polyptych)

Gouache and 22k gold leaf on museum board, 2007

8 × 10 in

Fereshtini #9

Gouache and 22k gold leaf on museum board, 2007

9 × 11 in

Finding Home #102 "Lilith" (Fereshteh)

Gouache, 22K golf leaf on wood panel, mixed media, 2008

45 1/2 × 57 in

Finding Home #41: "Yogini"

Gouache on paper, 2000

10 3/4 × 6 7/8 in

Finding Home #42: "Yogini"

Gouache on paper, 2

11 × 7 in

Finding Home #71: (Fereshteh) "Eda"

Gouache and gold leaf on paper, 2006

17 × 13 in

Finding Home #77: (Fereshteh) Miriam

Gouache and gold leaf on paper, 2012

15 × 12 in

Finding Home #79

Gouache, gold leaf and digital image on paper,

22 × 22 in

Finding Home #80

Gouache and gold leaf on wood panel,

38 × 24 in

Finding Home #80: "Lilith" (Fereshteh)

Gouache and 22k gold leaf on wood panel, 2006

24 × 17 1/2 in

Finding Home #87

Gouache and mixed media on museum board,

23 × 18 in

Finding Home #88: Lilith

Gouache, 22k gold leaf and mixed media on museum board, 2008

37 × 20 1/2 in

Finding Home #94, #95, #96: (Fereshteh) Ishmael, Abraham and Isaac

Gouache and mixed media on museum board, 2008

19 × 16 in

Finding Home #97 and #98: "Trap and Release" (Diptych)

Gouache and gold leaf on museum board, 2008

17 × 12 in

Improvisation #1

Gouache on mylar, 2011

10 × 10 in

Improvisation #1

Gouache on mylar, 2011

10 × 10 in

Improvisation #10

Gouache on mylar, 2011

10 × 10 in

Improvisation #13

Gouache on mylar and mixed media, 2011

10 1/2 × 10 1/2 in

Improvisation #15

Gouache and mixed media on mylar and museum board, 2011

17 × 17 in

Improvisation #15

Gouache and mixed media on mylar and museum board, 2011

17 × 17 in

Improvisation #16

Gouache and mixed media on mylar, 2011

17 × 17 in

Improvisation #20: Rachel's Dream

Mixed media on vellum and museum board, 2011-2012

16 × 16 in

Improvisation #21: "Sophie's Love"

Mixed media on vellum and museum board, 2013

16 3/4 × 16 3/4 in

Improvisation #3

Gouache on mylar, 2010

10 × 10 in

Improvisation #4

Gouache on mylar, 2011

10 × 10 in

Improvisation #5

Gouache, pencil and marker brush pens on Mylar and mixed media, 2010

9 3/4 × 9 3/4 in

Improvisation #5

Gouache, pencil and marker brush pens on Mylar and mixed media, 2010

9 × 9 in

Improvisation #5

Gouache, pencil and marker brush pens on Mylar and mixed media, 2010

9 3/4 × 9 3/4 in

Improvisation #7

Gouache on mylar, 2011

10 × 10 in

Improvisation #9

Gouache and gold leaf on museum board, 2011

10 1/4 × 10 1/4 in

Lilith Lair

Mixed media on paper with plaster face molding, 2011

39 1/2 × 85 × 35 in

Sephiroth: The Tree of Life

Mixed media on museum board, 2011

72 × 67 in

The Four Mothers Who Entered Paradise

, 2014

24 × 11 in