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Aviv Benn

Born 1988 in Israel, lives and works in Chicago and Tel Aviv.

Benn completed her MFA program in Painting and Drawing in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 and her BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2013. Using expressive, immediate and comical painting language, Benn captures her feelings and reactions towards life in our current era an age of anxiety, fear and uncertainty. She paints a weighty topic in an apparently exaggerated and ironic way and with this juxtaposition, she creates a distance that enables viewers to reflect remotely on their own state of being.

Benn had solo exhibitions at Raw Art Gallery in Tel Aviv and at Art von Frei gallery in Berlin. Selected group exhibitions include Schau Fenster gallery, L'Atelier-KSR in Berlin and the Spinnerei in Leipzig. She received the Rabinovich Foundation Grant in 2015.


2016-2018 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2012 Student exchange program, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2009-2013 BFA, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Solo Exhibitions

2018 It's Such a Gamble When You Get a Face, Devening Projects, Chicago, USA

2017 In the Land of No Emotions, Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Tina Sauerländer (Catalog)

2016 Share Your Teeth (With The Ones You Love), Art Von Frei Gallery, Berlin, Germany, curated by: Tina Sauerländer (Catalog)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Recent Acquisitions, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, (Upcoming)

2018 The Chicago Show, NY, curated by: Madeleine Mermall

2018 Nightfall, Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios, Tel Aviv, curated by: Jasmin Vardi and Lia Tzigler

2018 You Don't Always Have To Be Who They Want You To Be You Know, Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, USA

2018 School of the Art Institute of Chicago MFA Show, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2017 Raw Art Gallery Group Exhibition, Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv

2017 SUMMER SELECTION III, Art Von Frei Gallery, Berlin, Germany, curated by: Eva Moll, Free Text

2017 Mermaids and Unicorns, Online, Peer to Space, curated by: Carlotta Meyer, Benoit Palop and Tina Sauerländer

2016 GROSS, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany

2016 CAUGHT BEING GOOD, BERLIN ART WEEK, Art Von Frei Gallery, Berlin

2016 Summer Selection II, Art Von Frei Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2015 Independence Days, Leipzig Art Festival, Leipzig, Germany

2015 Spinnerei Fall Rundgang, Pilotenkueche, Leipzig, Gernany

2015 Culture and Art Weekend, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv

2015 ULTRA Y, Nuzhaa Ary Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Liav Mizrahi

2014 Unbreaken, AFFECT module II, L'Atelier-KSR, Berlin, Germany

2014 S-I-Z-E, Yellow Submarine Gallery, Jerusalem

2014 Group exhibition, Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv

2013 Loving Art Making Art, Tel-Aviv Municipality gallery weekend, Tel Aviv

Palindromes, BFA Final Exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Grants & Awards

2017 Graduate Dean Professional Development Awar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2015 Rabinovich Foundation grant, Tel Aviv

Residencies & Fellowships

2015 PILOTENKUECHE international artist residency, HALLE 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

2014 AFFECT, module II, Agora Collective, Berlin, Germany

Selected Press

2017 Kate Moths, Blog feature and interview, Young Space, 5.7.17

2017 Uzi Zur, a review on the show "In the Land of No Emotions", Haaretz, 31.7.17, (Eng)

2016, 101 Promising young painters, Rembrandt’s Dog

2016, A review of the solo show "Share your teeth (with the ones you ;love), Arte Fuse

2016, A feature about SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ON ONES YOU LOVE), Peer to Space

2016 Stephanie Wächter, Interview with Aviv Benn and a review of her solo show, Anti Muse, 31.3.16

2015, An interview with Aviv Benn, The Mankind Diary

2015, Harama Magazine, Issue #9 "Trash"

2014, Unbreaken, Broken Dimanche Press, AFFECT module II

Publications by the Artist

2017 In the Land of No Emotions, Tel Aviv, RawArt Gallery Press, (Eng)

2016 I laugh at death, Artitious


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