Manfredi Beninati

Born in Palermo in 1970. He studied Law and Film. He has exhibited widely, with solo shows at the Lorcan O’Neill Gallery in Rome (2006); the Galeria Braga Menendez in Buenos Aires (2007); the James Cohan Gallery in New York (2008), the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo (2008); the Max Wigram Gallery in London (2010). He has also participated to a number of international group exhibitions; among them The Venice Biennale (2005); The Liverpool Biennial (2008) and the Athens Biennale (2009).

 

To me art is about sharing your personal experiences with the rest of the world. Therefore the difference between a good (significant) artist and a bad (insignificant) one derives from the quantity of yourself that you let into your work. Personal experiences translate into memories resulting from a period of time during which you have learnt something, that allows you to discern them in a more sophisticated way than before. The same applies to a work of art. You need time to develop something not necessarily pleasing to others but strongly personal. Something that even just in a single detail shows a hidden spot of our reality through the imposition of your point of view, through trying not to let the other's expectations influence your work. I think you need to spend time with your work and develop a narrative and that's why I'm constantly working on so many drawings, paintings, sculptures. I keep each one with me for months or even years.

 

Manfredi Beninati, from an interview by Lowenna Waters in The White Review, London, 2011

Photos

Rearranging the landscapes around, Installation (overall), Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2009
Prendere appunti per un sogno, Biennale Venezia,  Venice, 2005

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon