A lifelong career in the fine arts as a painter began in Italy where Benini was born in 1941 in Imola, in the Emiglia Romagna region. After leaving his parents' home, he traveled on Italian ocean ships, then settled in Freeport, Grand Bahama Isle where his production and exhibition schedule accelerated. Now, 163 one-man shows later, Benini lives and paints in the Texas Hill Country.
He is now painting abstract paintings of intense color. Earlier series include the Geometric paintings of the 90’s, the paintings of roses of the 70’s and 80’s and other works. Throughout his career he created three-dimensional pieces, large-scale sculptures and his Divertimenti series.
Benini's exhibition career started with a one-man show in Milan, Italy in 1961. During his late teens and early 20's, he painted landscapes and still lifes in a traditional style. By 1965, his painting evolved into large-scale monochromatic renderings of the human figure.
From the mid-1970's, he alternated large-scale representations of the rose and dream-like paintings with strong symbolist content. During the mid-1980's, Benini's work took a sharp turn toward geometry and the mathematical sciences.
In this series, Benini created paintings with a highly disciplined technique requiring up to 20 layers of acrylic paint applied by brush, giving a glow to pigments transforming familiar geometric and organic shapes into lyrical canvases that, stretched over flat aluminum, hang inches from the wall, creating the feeling of dimension.
In 2003, in Texas, Benini began the Courting Kaos Series, with a new application process that combined his hand-blended backgrounds and selectively dropped acrylics in highly controlled patterns, that evolved into large-scale pieces. These paintings related to Italian Baroque and Rococo art, as well as the simple elegance of Islamic pattern art, and eventually evolved into more of a space age imagery.
To date, Benini has had 163 one-man exhibitions, primarily in universities, public institutions and museums. Currently, through April 23, 2017, his Geometric paintings are on display the The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art. In April, new paintings and some examples of earlier work will be shown in Plano, Texas at the Plano Art Association Gallery. This show opens April 4th with a reception April 15, 2017.
Through the years, Benini has produced assemblages he calls divertimenti. Varying in size from a few inches to 15 feet, these divertimenti are built with different materials: wood, steel, stone and more recently, granite.
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