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Francisco Benitez

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Francisco Benítez is an American contemporary artist who currently divides his time between Santa Fe and Europe. He is inspired by classical art and Baroque painting, creating realist figurative portraits.

Cultural influence

Benítez grew up in New York, New Mexico and Spain, and was exposed to a variety of cultures; his mother, a flamenco dancer, and his father, a Spanish set designer, influenced his interest in the arts. He pursued his studies at the Art Student’s League in New York City, studying anatomy and figurative drawing. The influence of this background can be seen in Benítez’s portrait painting, and his series “Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper”.

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Inspired by art history

Benítez’s style reflects his interest in art history and Baroque painting, and he uses this to explore other concerns. Inspired by 18th century paintings he experienced at the Prado in Spain, his series “Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper” imagines a Spanish aristocrat and her maidservant who move to the New World. The subsequent narrative of colonialism, identity and race allows Benítez to explore these contemporary issues through his art.

International success

Benítez has exhibited widely in the USA and Europe, such as at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice and the Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid. His work is held in numerous private collections, including the collection of Jean-Paul Gaultier, and publicly at the National Hispanic Culture Center in the USA.


Goddesses Among Industrial Ruins

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Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper

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  • 2016
    Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts- One of 5 selected for this prestigious award– Santa Fe, États-Unis
  • 2014
    La Vendéenne Award- First Prize– Santa Fe, États-Unis

Expositions collectives

  • 2016
    Effimera / Palazzo Rau – Noto, Italie
  • 2016
    La Fascinazione dell’Antico / Studio Motta – Rimini, Italie
  • 2012
    The Future of the Past / Boston Center for the Arts – Boston, États-Unis
  • 2011
    Polemically Small, curated by Edward Lucie-Smith / Garboushian Gallery – Los Angeles, États-Unis
  • 2010
    Imperium, curated by Edward Lucie-Smith / Southwestern University – Georgetown, États-Unis
  • 2010
    Waxing Poetic / Hewitt Gallery of Art – New York, États-Unis
  • 2010
    Farenheit 180: A Group Encaustic Exhibition / Ann Street Gallery – Newburgh, NY, États-Unis
  • 2009
    Director’s Choice / Chase Gallery – Boston, États-Unis
  • 2006
    Migrazioni / Monastero del Ritiro – Suracusa, Italie
  • 2006
    La Visione Negata / L’Arco e la Fonte – Siracusa, Italie

Expositions solos

  • 2018
    Doña Inés Perdio' su zapatilla / Real Jardin Botanico – Madrid, Espagne
  • 2017
    Le Portrait Refiguré / Musée Arts et Histoire – Bormes-les-Mimosas, France
  • 2016
    Aristocrats Among Industrial Ruins / PhilSpace – Santa Fe, États-Unis
  • 2015
    RI/SCATTI: Donna Ines ha perso la scarpina / Palazzo Nicolaci – Noto, Italie
  • 2015
    Donna Ines ha person la scarpina / Ko-Art Gallery – Catania, Italie
  • 2014
    Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper / SFCC Visual Arts Gallery – Santa Fe, États-Unis
  • 2011
    Ut Pictura Poesis / NûArt Gallery – Santa Fe, États-Unis
  • 2010
    Ancient Voices Through Modern Eyes / R&F Gallery – Kingston, New York, États-Unis
  • 2010
    Encaustiques / Abbaye de Fontmorigny – Nevers, France
  • 2009
    Imago Temporis / Castello di Aci Castello – Aci Castello, Italie
  • 2008
    Ekfrasi / Galleria Quadrifoglio – Siracusa, Italie
  • 2008
    Dionisiaca / Capella Bonajuto – Catania, Italie
  • 2007
    De Effige Animi / Studio Barnum – Noto, Italie


Collections permanentes

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center Permanent Collection, États-Unis

  • New Mexico State Legislature Permanent Collection, États-Unis

  • Conseil Général de l’Aveyron, France
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