EXHIBITIONS

To date, Benini has had 162 solo exhibitions, primarily in universities, museums and public institutions. 

 

 

Exhibitions

Benini's exhibition career started with a one-man show in Milano, Italy in 1961.  During his late teens and early 20's, Benini 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. He took a break from exhibitions, and initiated a new series of work -  abstracts, with blended and dropped pigments, a series he continues to this day. To date, he has had 162 one-man exhibitions, primarily in universities, museums and public institutions.

Forthcoming Exhibitions:

  •  THE MUSEUM OF GEOMETRIC AND MADI ART, "Benini: Alla Geometria", January 27 - April 23, 2017. Opening Reception January 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
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  • THE PLANO ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY, Plano, Texas, "Benini: Then and Now", April 4 - May 6, 2017. Reception April 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Solo Exhibitions:
 

  • GEORGETOWN ART CENTER, Georgetown, Texas, March 21 - April 27, 2014
  • IMAS, INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART AND SCIENCE, McAllen, Texas, New Masterworks, Sept 6, 2012 through Jan 20, 2013
  • BRECKENRIDGE FINE ARTS CENTER, Breckenridge, Texas, May 18 through June 15, 2012.  
  • GREG THOMPSON FINE ARTS, North Little Rock, Arkansas, The Painter's Journey, March through May 14, 2011.
  • GALLERY CENTRAL, Hot Springs Arkansas. "Benini: Under the Texas Stars". February & March, 2006
  • LONGVIEW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Longview, Texas, "From Earth to the Stars". March 1- April 5, 2003.
  • LEONARD FINE ARTS, Hot Springs, Arkansas. 2001-2002.
  • GRACE MUSEUM, ABILENE TEXAS, January, 2001. Twenty Year Retrospective Exhibition.
  • UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO, Arkansas, March-April 2000.
  • MICHELSON MUSEUM, Marshall, Texas. September - October, 1999.
  • WALTON FINE ARTS CENTER, Fayetteville, Arkansas. March, 1999.
  • BAUM GALLERY, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas. February, 1999.
  • BRENDA KROOS GALLERY, Cleveland, Ohio. "Nothing Like Blue Stars". August/September 1998
  • CASA d'ARTE, Shreveport, Louisiana. "Benini 98: Something Gold, Something New", April, 1998.
  • ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, Springdale, Arkansas. "Benini: On Target." July - August, 1997
  • CASA d'ARTE, Shreveport, Louisiana. Gallery exhibition, 1997.
  • IRVING ARTS CENTER, Irving, Texas. "Benini: Paintings." September 26, 1996 - February, 1997.
  • BARNWELL ART CENTER, Shreveport, Louisiana. "Benini Returns." July-August, 1996.
  • CASA d'ARTE, Shreveport, Louisiana. Gallery exhibition, 1996.
  • ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. December 14, 1995 - January 31, 1996.
  • BRENDA KROOS GALLERY, Cleveland, Ohio. "Benini in Cleveland." November 1995 - January 31, 1996.
  • GTE World Headquarters, Irving, Texas. September, 1995.
  • ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER,Russellville, Arkansas. "Benini: The Shape of Color." March 5 - April 8, 1995.
  • McALLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM, McAllen, Texas. "BENINI 94: Inner Colours Outer Spaces." April 14-June 26, 1994.
  • CARNEGIE ART CENTER, Leavenworth, Kansas. "Shapes of Illusion: Benini's Recent Paintings." March 7-30, 1993.
  • MINOTAUR'S FORUM GALLERY, The Forum, Las Vegas, Nevada. Invitational Exhibition.
  • CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, Rosicrucian Museums, San Jose, California. "Benini: Color &Dimension." July- AUG 1992.
  • MID-AMERICA MUSEUM, Hot Springs, Arkansas. "Benini: Beyond Dimension." April 5, 1991 - October, 1992.
  • TURMAN GALLERY, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. "Benini: Recent Paintings." August 30 -September 27, 1991.
  • HUNTINGTON COLLEGE. Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington, Indiana. "Homage to Dimension." February-March, 1991.
  • GODDARD CENTER FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, Ardmore, Oklahoma. "Benini: Motionsand Emotions/Paintings: 
  • A Retrospective." December 15, 1990 - January 31, 1991.
  • WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, Grandview Gallery, Morgantown, West Virginia. "Alla Geometria/Benini:Paintings of the 80's." November 8 - December 1, 1990.
  • UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS, Walton Fine Arts Center, Stephens Gallery, Clarksville, Arkansas. "Born of the Hills/Benini: 1989-90 Paintings." 
  • November 1 –30, 1990.
  • BEVERLY ART CENTER, Chicago, Illinois. "Tortoises and Elephants/ Benini: Recent Paintings." November 1-30, 1990.
  • COKER COLLEGE, Hartsville, South Carolina. "Benini at Coker." September 4 - 28, 1990.
  • McHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE, Art Gallery, Crystal Lake, Illinois. "Benini at MCC." January 21 -February 10, 1990.
  • ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tullibody Fine Arts Center, Montgomery,Alabama."Benini at ASU. November-December 1989.
  • THE CENTER FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, Indiana. "Benini." September 9 - 27, 1989.
  • ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, Art Gallery, Jonesboro, Arkansas. "Dimensions: Real an Unreal/Benini at Arkansas State." June 30 - July 27, 1989.
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Etherredge Fine Arts Center, Aiken, South Carolina. "Benini at USC Aiken." November 11 - December 14, 1988.
  • DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, North Carolina. "Benini at Duke," October 30 - December 15, 1988.
  • BRIDGEWATER STATE COLLEGE, Rondileau Art Gallery, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. "Benini at Bridgewater State College." October 4 -26, 1988.
  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at Urbana/Champaign, Urbana, IL. "Benini at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign." May 9 - June 10, 1988.
  • OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Koehnline Gallery, Chicago, IL. "Possible and Impossible: The Dimensions of Color." February 9 - March 4, 1988.
  • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, LITTMAN GALLERY, Portland, Oregon. "Benini/Mond 87: Journeys Through Shape and Color." September 14 - October 9, 1987.
  •  FORT SMITH ART CENTER, Fort Smith, Arkansas. "Benini 87: Farewell to the Rose." September 6 - 27, 1987. 
  • Unveiling by the Western Arkansas Ballet.
  • BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART, Florida Juried Exhibition. Curated by Lowery Sims, Associate Curator,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
  • OSCEOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Kissimmee, Florida, "Benini 86: Shapes of Magic." September 30 - November 2, 1986.
  •  THE LCAA ART GALLERY , Newark, Ohio, "Benini in Newark." October 4 - October 26, 1986.
  • DAYTONA BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Daytona Beach, Florida. "Benini at DBCC." December 3-19, 1985.
  • THE LANDMARK CENTER, Orlando, Florida. "Benini 85." September 14 - November 15, 1985.
  • JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY, Jacksonville, Florida. "Benini on Campus." August 28 - October 4, 1985.
  •  CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ARTS CENTER, Las Vegas, Nevada and THE REED WHIPPLE CULTURAL CENTER, Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • " Benini in Las Vegas," Paintings and Pastels. March 3-28, 1985. Unveiling by the Las Vegas Civic Ballet.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. January-December 1984.
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, Reno, Nevada. "Benini: Paintings of the 80's." August 31 - September 28, 1984.
  • EMPIRE OF AMERICA, Deland, Florida. "Tales from the Edge of Time." January 14, 1984 - March 31, 1984.
  • SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Scottsdale, Arizona. "Art for Life." Charity exhibition for Arizona Kidney Foundation. February 25, 1984.
  • FLORIDA STATE CAPITOL, Tallahassee, Florida. "Benini at the Capitol." November 1, 1983 - January 7, 1984.
  • GROVE ISLE CLUB, Grove Isle, Florida. "Benini at Grove Isle." November, 1983.
  • BACARDI'S INTERNATIONAL, Bimini, Bahamas. "Benini in Bimini." March 3-10, 1983.
  • FIRST FEDERAL MID-FLORIDA, DeLand, Florida. "The Garden of Spatial Delights." November 6, 1982 - January 31, 1983.
  • GALLERIA OPEN ARTE, Milano, Italy. "Benini: Solo exhibition." November 1982 - January 1983.
  • BOTTEGA DE CIMABUE, Florence, Italy. "Benini: Solo Exhibition." November 1982 - March 1983.
  • THOMAS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Gainesville, Florida. "A Pilgrim's Garden." Paintings and Works on Paper, 70 Pieces. Catalog 
  • "A Pilgrim's Garden: Benini at the Thomas Center for the Arts."
  • ORMOND BEACH MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Ormond Beach, Florida. "Baroque and Beyond." July 19 - August 31, 1982.
  • GALLERIA CAIROLI, Ravenna, Italy. "Benini: Nuova Arte." August, 1982.
  • BUENA VISTA, Nassau, Bahamas. "Color Fields and Dreams." March 6-14, 1982.
  • BREVARD ART CENTER & MUSEUM, Melbourne, Florida. "Color Fields and Dreams." February 7-28, 1982.
  • PALAZZO PRETORIO, Poggibonsi, Italy. "Poggibonsi Arte." December 19, 1981-January 17, 1982.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." January-December 1982.
  • FIRST FEDERAL MID-FLORIDA, DeLand, Florida. "Superroses and The Mind." November 14, 1981 - January 15, 1982.
  • HALSEY'S, Winter Park, Florida. "Benini: Master of Mystical Roses and Super-Conscious." July 24- August 31, 1981.
  • SUSAN WALLACE REILING GALLERIES, Miami, Florida. "Benini: Paintings." May 15 - June 15, 1981.
  • AVANTI, INC., Scottsdale, Arizona. "Art of Benini." March 21, 1981.
  • BARNWELL ART CENTER, Shreveport, Louisiana. "Benini: A Retrospective Exhibition." October 23-November 7, 1980.
  • POINCIANA GALLERY, Palm Beach, Florida, "*Max*Jennings*Benini," January-April, 1980.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." January-December, 1980.
  • CRAMER GALLERY, Washington D.C. "Benini in Washington." March, 1979.
  • WAUCHULA STATE BANK, Wauchula, Florida. "Solomon-Benini Art Exhibition." February, 1979.
  • THE BELVIN HOUSE, Tallahassee, Florida. February, 1979.
  • FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." January-March, 1979.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." January-December, 1979.
  • EXHIBITION GALLERY, Gainesville, Florida. "Five from Afar." December, 1978.
  • THE TURNIPSEED HOUSE, McIntosh, Florida. "From the Heart of Florida: Benini 78." October, 1978.
  • FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." January-December, 1978.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." January-December, 1978.
  • SILVER SANDS, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini: New Paintings." February, 1977.
  • THE BOWERY, New York, New York. "A Seven-Year Retrospective Show by Benini." January- February, 1977.
  • AUCTION 393, New York, New York. January, 1977.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini" January - December, 1977.
  • FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini" November-December, 1976.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini: New Paintings." September- December 1976.
  • GALERIE CAIROLI, Ravenna, Italy. "Condizone Umana." August, 1976.
  • GALERIE MOUFFE, Paris, France. "Condizione Umana." July, 1976.
  • TUTTARTE GALLERY, Torino, Italy. "Condizione Umana." June, 1976.
  • BACARDI GALLERY, Miami, Florida. "Benini: A 10-Year Retrospective. Paintings, Works on Paper and Works on Wood." August, 1975.
  • GALERIE MOUFFE, Paris, France. "Benini Superroses." June 1975.
  • TUTTARTE GALLERY, Torino, Italy. "Benini da New York."
  • GALERIE VALLOMBREUSE, Biarritz, France. "Des Rose: A L'Erostisme." March - April 1975.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini: New Superroses." September, 1975.
  • SELECTED ARTIST GALLERY, New York, New York. "Paintings and Works on Paper." October, 1974.
  • ACS GALLERY, Buffalo, New York. "Nature and the Rose." August - September, 1974.
  • WHALESPOUT GALLERY, Nantucket, Massachusetts. "Benini 74. " July 10-27, 1974.
  • GALLERY ONE, Coconut Grove, Florida. "Benini: Paintings and Works on Paper." March, 1974.
  • CHASE MANHATTAN, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Superroses." January, 1974.
  • MILITELLO'S 4367 GALLERY, Snyder, New York. "The Nude and the Yellow." November, 1973.
  • ASC GALLERY, Buffalo, New York. "Benini's Yellow Period." September, 1973.
  • WHALESPOUT GALLERY, Nantucket, Massachusetts. "Benini's Yellow Period." July, 1973.
  • SELECTED ARTIST GALLERY, New York, New York. "Of Women and Roses 1973." May 1973.
  • NEW YORK STATE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, "Benini Yesterday and Today." Gallery 219. May, 1973.
  • KINGS INN RESORT, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "The Importance of Yellow: Paintings by Benini." January, 1973.
  • GALLERIA CAIROLI, Ravenna, Italy. "Benini da Imola e Ravenna." December, 1972.
  • ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." November, 1972.
  • WHALESPOUT GALLERY, Sconset, Massachusetts. "Benini: New Works." September, 1972.
  • ACS GALLERY, Buffalo, New York. "Benini: One Man Show." September, 1972.
  • KINGS INN RESORTS, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini - Island Life." August, 1972.
  • KOTTLER GALLERY, New York, New York. "Benini: Monorealism." April 1972.
  • PENSACOLA ART MUSEUM, Pensacola, Florida. "Benini: Seven-Year Retrospective." March, 1972.
  • GROUND FLOOR ART GALLERY, Amherst, New York. "Color Dimensions." September, 1971.
  • WHALESPOUT GALLERY, Nantucket, Massachusetts. "Life and Color." July 25 - August, 1971.
  • UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Toronto, Canada. "Benini in Toronto." February 1971.
  • ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "The Human Figure." January 20 - 31.
  • KINGS INN RESORTS, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Monorealism 1970." Sponsored by the Grand Bahama Civic Arts Guild. January 1971.
  • NEW YORK STATE UNIVERSITY, Buffalo, New York. "Benini at NYSU." January 1971.
  • NATIONWIDE ART CENTER, Buffalo, New York. "Monorealism." September-October 15, 1970.
  • ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini: Character Studies." January 1970.
  • KINGS BAY CLUB, Coconut Grove, Florida. "Art: Benini." November, 1969.
  • KINGS INN RESORTS, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini's New Paintings." November 1968.
  • KINGS INN RESORTS, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini 67." February 1967.
  • KOTTLER GALLERY, New York, New York. "Benini." December 1967.
  • ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, Freeport Grand Bahama. "Benini: Paintings." January 10-24, 1966.
  • LUCAYAN BEACH HOTEL, Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Benini." November 1965.
  • BAITA-ALTOF, Madesimo, Italy. "L'Arte di Benini." December 1962.
  • CONTE BIANCAMANO, Milano, Italy. "Arte Nuova." June-July 1962.