Flavio e Palermo, 2004, 250x300 cm
pencil+gesso on paper on board
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Born in Palermo (Italy) in 1970. Lives and works in Palermo.

After his High Levels in Classic studies, he entered at the Palermo University at the Faculty of Law, following his parents footprints. In 1990 he started film courses in Rome. He worked as an assistant director for important Italian movie directors. In those years he divided his time between Great Britain, Spain and Italy.
Starting from 1992 he moved to London working as an artist in several studios - squats of the East End. In 2002 he moved to Rome. In 2006, returning from a long stay in Buenos Aires he moved back to his native town, Palermo. His work has been shown in a number of countries in Europe, Americas and Asia and is included in many prestigious public as well as private collections. In 2005 he was selected to represent his country at the Venice Biennale where he was awarded the audience prize for the italian pavilion.
In 2006 he received a prize from the American Academy in Rome.

Manfredi Beninati's work explores the theme of life's journey. He does this using the pictures of children and of adolescents at the edge of a forest, on a pathway, on a road, on a bicycle, by the sea. These images unlock in the mind of the viewer memories of the anxieties as well as the securities of childhood and the struggle of moving towards in life.
Often Beninati's works have strong literary and artistic references. Sometimes the artist uses images of boats, horses, cycles and other means of transport as metaphors, again, of the journey of life.
In a number of his works a mother and a child image seems to refer to both the "time honoured" tradition of "Madonna and Bambino" as well as provoking a more modern and psychological interpretation of the genesis of life.
Beninati's skills as a painter and draftsman are highly developed and, in combination with his cinematic eye, produce paintings of surprising emotional content.
Lorcan O'Neill





SOLO SHOWS

2016
- "Manfredi Beninati", Museo civico di Castelbuono, Italy
- "Manfredi Beninati", Galleria Poggiali, Florence, Italy
- "Manfredi Beninati", Poggiali e Forconi, Pietrasanta, Italy

2014
- "Manfredi Beninati. Nature is a Theater", Miniature Museum, Beijing, China
- "Manfredi Beninati. Christmas is... a world of art", Joyce Gallery, Hong Kong

2013
- "Manfredi Beninati. Il sei novembre del duemilatrentanove", Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy

2011
- "Manfredi Beninati", Cura Project Space, Rome, Italy
- "Manfredi Beninati. Le voci di dentro" FPAC, Palermo, Italy

2010
- "Manfredi Beninati. Dicembre 2039", Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

2009
- "Manfredi Beninati. Rearranging the Landscapes around", Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2008
- "Manfredi Beninati. La natura morta", Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

2007
- "Manfredi Beninati. La lettera "f"", American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
- "Manfredi Beninati. Flavio and Palermo (in the summer)", James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
- "A Flavio", Museo Laboratorio, Città Sant'Angelo (PE), Italy

2006
- "Manfredi Beninati", Galeria Braga Menendez, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2005
- "Manfredi Beninati. Rescued works", Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy
- "Manfredi Beninati. Drawing cabinet", FPAC, Palermo, Italy
- "Manfredi Beninati. New Paintings", James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA

2003
- "Manfredi Beninati", Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy



GROUP SHOWS


2016
- "Anni Zero. 2016", Gallery of Art - Temple University, Rome, Italy
- "La torre di Babele", Ex Fabbrica Lucchesi/Pecci Museum, Prato, Italy
- "Contemporary Curated - The Erdem Moralioglu's choise", Sotheby's, London, UK
- "Imagine", Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
- "Dall'oggi al domani. 24 ore nell'arte contemporanea", MACRO, Rome, Italy
- "Storie e opere", Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, Campobasso, Italy

2015
- "Logo: Beninati, Cucchi, Saccardi", Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence, Italy

2013
- "Artisti nello spazio - Da Lucio Fontana a oggi: gli ambienti nell'arte italiana", Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo, Catanzaro, Italy
- "Outrageous Fortune", Touring Exhibition, Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea/ Hayward Gallery, London, UK
- "Party with us. Ten years after", FPAC, Palermo, Italy

2012
- "9th Shanghai Biennale", Shanghai, China
- "Double Take", 2nd Mardin Bienali, Mardin, Turkey
- "Come Una Bestia Feroce", Bonelli, Mantova, Italy

2011
- "3rd Thessaloniki Biennale", Thessaloniki, Greece
- "When in Rome", ICI Los Angeles and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
- "Outrageous Fortune", Touring Exhibition, Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea, UK
- "Vanitas!", UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
- "Archive Fever", Open Care, Milano, Italy
- "Premio Maretti", Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy
- "Accademia. Stanze. Persone.", American Academy in Rome, Italy

2010
- "PPS", Riso - Museo Arte Contemporanea di Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
- "Argianas, Beninati, Bradley, Buchler, Hugonnier, Hulusi, White", Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
- "Memento", La Giarina Arte Contemporanea, Verona, Italy
- "I can't feel my face", Royal T art space, Los Angeles, USA

2009
- "Heaven", 2nd Athens Biennale 2009, Athens, Greece
- "Collaudi", Italian Pavilion, 53 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
- "The Tree", James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
- "No more than a point of view", Prague Biennial, Prague, Czech Republic
- "Escaping the dead ends", Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
- "Obsession: Contemporary art from the Lodeveans collection", University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
- "Atsushi Fukui, Gert&Uwe Tobias, Manfredi Beninati, Masaya Yoshimura", TKG Editions Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

2008
- "Made Up", Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
- "Sand", Parrish Museum, Southampton (NY), USA
- "15th Rome Quadriennale", Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
- "Imaginary Realities ...", Max Wigram Gallery, London,UK
- "Dream Therapy", Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, USA
- "Passed as present", York Art Gallery, York, UK

2007
- "Summer Show", James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
- "Arte italiana 1968-2007. Pittura", Palazzo Reale, Milano, Italy
- "The end begins", The Hospital, London, UK
- "Detour", The Art Directors Club, New York, USA
- "Open Studios", American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

2006
- "Negotiating reality", Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, USA
- "C'era una volta un re...", Arcos Museo, Benevento, Italy
- "Figuring the landscape", Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs (Ct), USA

2005
- "Altmejd, Beninati, Everberg et Margolis", Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
- "12 painters", Galleria In Arco, AB+, Turin, Italy
- Padiglione Venezia at Giardini, 51 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2004
- "Between the lines", James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
- "Expander", Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
- "Summer show", Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy
- "Wall Paper", GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy

2003
- "Dirty pictures", The Approach Gallery, London, UK
- "Quadriennale di Roma-Anteprima", Palazzo Reale, Naples, Italy
- "Roma 2003", Galleria Pack, Milan, Italy
- "Le collezioni - Recenti acquisizioni", MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy



SPECIAL PROJECTS

- "The Milky Way 3", Gio Marconi, Milan, 2016
- "Elephant parade", Milan, 2011
- "Outrageous fortune", Focal point and Southbank, UK, 2011
- "Root for trees" project, New York, 2009/2010
- "Dress for Another Magazine", New York, 2007
- "Moleskine's Detour exhibition", New York, 2007
- "My chair", London, 2000



AWARDS

- Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, 2013
- Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, 2010
- Rome Prize , American Academy in Rome, 2006
- Audience award - Italian pavilion, 51 Venice biennale, 2005
- Darc Prize for young Italian art, 2004



TALKS / LECTURES

- Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy, 2016
- "I martedi critici: Manfredi Beninati", MACRO - Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy, 2015
- I.O.A. Museum, Beijing, China, 2013
- Civitella Ranieri, Umbertide, Italy, 2012
- Accademia di Belle Arti, Palermo, Italy, 2012
- "Big House", Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK, 2008



CURATED SHOWS

- "IT", 2016
- "Mentre il leopardo sbrana l'antilope Okapi", 2015
- "Tofano/Bonaventura", 2015
- "Io disegno", 2014
- "Car.Pe.Pia.Ve", 2013