ABSTRACT PAINTINGS: FACE OF GOD SERIES

ABOUT THE FACE OF GOD SERIES
"During the last few years here in Texas I have been working on the Faces of God series. The God I was portraying had nothing to do with religious icons or established beliefs - identities man has created from the beginning of man time. It was more a quest for an abstract essence: universal in spirit. I used color, my lifetime ally,  with all its powers and varieties."  - Benini  [More below]
 
 
This latest body of work, the artist has combined his preoccupations with science and metaphysics to create viscerally evocative pieces that reflect a transcendental quality achieved by only a handful of abstract masters. Unlike the often flat pieces created by the gesturalists of previous generations, Benini’s paintings combine a refined control with a command of chaos that yields an intriguing dimensionality as the background emerges into the drip-flattened foreground. The ovoid centers reveal a virtual embryonic personification, while the richly combined colors create a gestalt that, in combination with the compositions; invoke the cataclysmic creation of the Universe itself. It is no coincidence that this groundbreaking series of paintings by a mature master is entitled, "The Face of God." - Joseph Bravo, International Museum of Arts and Sciences, McAllen, Texas 2014