Born in Marseille in 1963, Thierry Benenati is a sculptor. Fontenaisian artist, his fame is international.
After studying Applied Arts, he spent 20 years in Paris as creative director of artistic director in advertising agencies. For 10 years, he devoted himself to sculpture, pure artistic expression, his true nature. He regularly participates in the Grand Palais, or at the Salon d’Automne where he was vice-president and president of the sculpture section. In 2019, one of his works will enter an Italian museum attached to the city of Torgiano (Italy), a consecration.
Whether animalistic or not, the sculptures of Thierry Benenati reveal an invisible reality, a hidden truth of each subject, in the form of allegory, thanks to the symbolism. Before becoming bronzes, the originals are in plaster, iron and wax. It is in the greatest respect of the rules of art that his pieces reveal an authentic work of sculptor, created and then realized by the artist.
… and Steel
In his workshop in Rennes, Thierry Benenati also works iron as he does with the earth, but under the 1500 ° of his torch. The work of an original steel is more demanding and dangerous than the work of wax or plaster. Here everything is hard, cutting, heavy and extremely resistant. To make a steel work, then to chisel it, is a test of strength! But the final result, in its elegance and its movement, must make forget the rigor and the endurance that the work of this matter imposes.
To marry harmoniously classic and modern
My works forget neither the beautiful nor the living, nor light, nor space, nor even time.
It is outside of all modes or tendencies that I try to inscribe my work in a continuity of the history of the art and in the love of the great masters. My creations, resolutely surreal, always offbeat and mostly animal, betray my Italian origins in their sometimes baroque style: an expression that can be called symbolist-surrealist.
The witness sculpture of civilizations.
Primitive art; this is the source of the artistic creation of humanity. Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Modigliani, Brancusi … and more recently Bazelitz, Paladino, Barcelo or Ousseman Sow, and many others, all fed on these roots, be they Egyptian, Etruscan, Aztec, Mayan, African, Oceanian or Asian. Since the staging of Marcel Duchamps, we have seen 80 years glorify the concept rather than talent and know-how. Would not it be just a wink on 30,000 years of art? The crises have at least that good, is that they chase the superfluous and encourage us to find the fundamentals.
Historically, sculpture has been one of the privileged witnesses of the history of civilizations. From Africa to the West, the works, sometimes monumental, have always fascinated by the mastery of their authors. It is today part of a world where, since the direct cutting of stone or wood, materials and techniques are multiplying and we do not really know who does what and how.
But fortunately the public’s eye shows us that he will always be sensitive to the effects of shadows and lights on the forms, to the games of solids and voids, to the creativity and talent of Insuffler a spark of life that a work proposes to share with the visitor.
Richness of contemporary artistic production
For Thierry Benenati “the contemporary artistic production is fortunately more diverse and fertile than ever. But there is however an unjust split between moderns and classics. the former consider the classics obsolete and the latter accuse the moderns of neglecting mastery.
Most of my style tries to show that we can eventually find a line-union between the two.
Defend an art that does not cheat
Just as much, but perhaps more than most plastic arts, sculpture does not forgive the lack of talent and lack of mastery. In this world of zapping, where the international market shows us too often a speculative contemporary art, where one sees “sculptors” superstars emerge, as suddenly as artists of variety, the visitor can believe that he has not really the choice between the works of the great classical masters in the museums and those, flashy, provocative, or without any emotion, put forward by the public communication.
In this, Thierry Benenati is part of an art that opens the eyes on the magnificent with a step mocking the fashions and trends, and that advocates mastery, creating works that do not need that they necessarily make a value because they represent in themselves real wealth.
DISTINCTIONS – EXHIBITIONS
Backed by personalities (Gérard Depardieu, Françoise Fabian, Ben …), recognized by his peers, Thierry Benenati is a member of the Baron Taylor Foundation and “Comparisons” at the Grand Palais: his work is honored by many medals and others distinctions in the most prestigious French Salons. He has exhibited since 2010, from Paris to Singapore to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2016. Thierry Benenati has created the group Les Sculp’teurs with more than 700 artists members and which gathers a treasure trove of videos and other documents on art in general.
Medal of Vermeil 2017 – Academy Arts-Sciences-Letters
Edouard Sandoz Prize 2016 – National Exhibition of Animal Artists, Bry-sur-Marne Taylor Foundation Award 2014 – Paris Autumn Salon, Champs-Elysées Gold Medal 2014 – Ile-de-France Art Fair, Bourg-sur-Marne The Queen
Gold Medal 2012 – National Exhibition of Animal Artists, Bry-sur-Marne
Guest of honor 2012 – 4th Biennial of Boissy-Saint-Léger
Medal of the Essonne General Council 2012 – 35th Saint-Germain-Lès-Corbeil Art Fair Guest of honor – Salon des Artistes Scéens 2012
Grand Jury Prize 2012 – Salon De Courtry
Palme d’Or 2012 – Artists of the World Exhibition Cannes
Bronze Medal 2011 Salon of French Artists – Grand Palais
Grand Jury Prize 2011 – Béziers Fine Arts
Palme d’Or 2011 – Cannes Art Fair
Gold Medal 2011 – European Academy of Arts France
Gold Medal 2011 – Consecration Prize of the National Federation of French Culture
VIDEOS – INTERVIEWS – PRESS on the website firstname.lastname@example.org
-France 3 Interview: Thierry Benenati, Palme d’Or sculpture Art Cannes, 2012
-France-Inter interview: Thierry Benenati on the past, present and future of animal art by Alain
Bougrain-Dubourg for “Living with the beasts”.