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Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.
She has her first MFA in painting and a second MFA in Theater set design.
She has exhibited extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Recent Solo Exhibitions:
Opalka Gallery,The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY, 2015
“Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives” at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) in Mumbai India, 2013.
“Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives” at Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, 2014.
“Blue Like Me: The Paintings of Siona Benjamin” at The Richard Stockton College Art Gallery, Stockton NJ, 2013.
“Blue Like Me: The Paintings of Siona Benjamin” at Towson University, Asian Arts and Culture Center, Towson MD, 2013.
“Blue Like Me: Recent Paintings of Siona Benjamin” at the Habitat Center in New Delhi, India. Exhibit sponsored by the Israel Embassy in Delhi, 2012.
“My Magic Carpet: Recent Paintings by Siona Benjamin” at Flomenhaft gallery, New York, 2011. Brochure and essay by art critic Eleanor Heartney
“Megillah Esther” at Hebrew Union College Museum – New York, 2011
“Blue Like Me” at The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington DC Jewish Community Center 2010.
“Gathering Sparks: The Art of Siona Benjamin” at The Philadelphia Jewish Museum of Art, 2009.
“Lilith in the New World” Solo Exhibition at Flomenhaft Gallery, Chelsea. NY, 2008.
Siona Benjamin has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for art project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Research for this project has been conducted in India. First exhibit was in October 2013 at the Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai, India. This exhibit was covered by The Times of India, The Mumbai Mirror, Midday newspaper and Caravan magazine.
Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, ArtNews, Moment magazine and several news papers, magazines, journals and books.
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Artist website: www.artsiona.com
New York Gallery: www.flomenhaftgallery.com