Benny Katz was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1973. His family immigrated to Israel in 1978.
Originally trained as a graphic designer, Benny’s work has transitioned over the years from message-driven pieces to conceptual art that explores the immigrant experience to his newest artwork, which embraces a minimalist, abstract exploration of form, volume, and color. The work marks a departure from the themes of alienation that characterized much of his earlier pieces and focuses on harmony, balance, and the interplay of different sections of each piece, along with a sense of whimsy.
In 2020, prompted in part by Israel's first COVID lockdown and lack of access to his studio, Benny began a series of sculptures designed to be displayed on a wall. Deep grooves cut into clean white squares, forming geometric shapes or sweeping curves. Later variations of the wall sculptures include two-part mirror images, brilliant primary colors, and pieces made of disconnected sections.
1997-2000 Visual arts, Technion, Tel Aviv
2013 David Gerstein Gallery, Tel Aviv
2009 Giudecca 795, Venice, Italy
2005 Amelia Arbela Gallery, Tel Aviv
2022 Oeno Gallery, Canada
2012 FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Florida
2009 Viridian Artists, New York. Curator: Elisabeth Sussman
of the Whitney Museum
2009 Bienal de Cerveira (Foundation Art Biennial of Cerveira, Portugal)
2009 International Art Fair in Rome, Italy (represented by Giudecca 795)
2008 Art Prize Arte Laguna, Italy
2008 Soho20 Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2006 Group exhibition sponsored by Bank HaPoalim,Tel Aviv
2009 Arte Laguna, 3rd place, painting for "Oops"