Mario Benjamin

Mario Benjamin

Haiti
    Biography

    Mario Benjamin was born in 1964 in Port-au-Prince, to a family of working professionals (his mother a pharmacist and his father an architect). Mario is one of Haiti' s leading contemporary artist. Using video and multi-media, painting, installation and other mixed media he addresses issues of identity, ethnicity and race. As an artist, he aims to challenge preconceived notions of the driving influences and interests of Haitian artists. Benjamin self taught but frequented museums in New York, Washington, D.C. and abroad exposing him to international contemporary tends in art. In 1984 he participated in Festival Arts d' Haiti and since then has represented Haiti in numerous prestigious biennials including, Johannesburg, Havana, São Paulo and Venice in 2001. He lives and works in Haiti.

    Influences

    Bibliographie

    (no) (en) Inghild Karlsen, etter Colombus.com, Danemark, Loren Grafisk AS, 28 mars 2003 (ISBN 82-7111-047-0)
    Haiti-Anges et Demons, Genève, Hoebeke/Halle Saint Pierre, mars 2000 (ISBN 2-84230-102-1)
    Gerald Alexis, Peintres Haitiens, Paris, Le Cercle d'Art, 2000, 30,25 p. (ISBN 2 7022 0585 2)
    Michel Philippe Lerebours, Haïti et ses peintres de 1804 à 1980. Souffrances & Espoirs d'un Peuple, 2 volumes, Port-au-Prince, 1989.

    Exhibitions

    1993 : Institut Français de l'Amérique Latine, Mexico City, Mexique
    1997 : Musée d'art haïtien, Port-au-Prince, Haïti
    1998 : Galerie Bourbon-Lally, Pétionville, Haïti 2
    2000 :

    Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, USA3
    Institut des Arts Visuels, Fort-de-France, Martinique

    2001 : Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris, France4.
    2002 :

    Alliance Française, Jacmel, Haïti 5
    Carmen Rita Pérez, Arte Actual, Saint-Domingue, République dominicaine6
    Centre Culturel AfricAmerica, Port-au-Prince, Haïti 7

    2003 : Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA8
    2006 : Institut Français d'Haïti, Port-au-Prince, Haïti 9
    2007 :

    Galerie Monnin, " Les Fleurs Cannibales ",Pétionville, Haïti 10
    Afronova, Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud11

    2008 :

    Etra Gallery, Miami, USA12
    Galerie Monnin, Pétionville, Haïti 10

    2010 : Le Museum du Botanique, Bruxelles, Belgique 13
    2011 : Galerie Monnin, Pétion-Ville, Haïti 14
    Biennales

    2001 : 4e Biennale Caribéenne, Saint Domingue, République dominicaine
    2007 : 52e Biennale de Venise, Venise, Italie
    2008 : Biennale de Gwangju, Corée du Sud15
    2009 : Biennale de la Havane, La Havane, Cuba
    2010 : Dak'art, Dakar, Sénégal16
    2011 : Biennale de Venise, Venise, Italie