caroline benech

caroline benech

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bio

Caroline Bénech was born in 1980 in Paris. She obtained a Masters in Graphic Arts from the ESAG Penninghen (Paris) in 2003, following studies at Académie Julian. While expanding her personal practice as a visual artist, she spent several years between France and China (Shanghai and Hong-Kong), developing projects with luxury brand companies interested in her plural creative expression. Her ability to flourish artistically in very diverse environments and cultures allows her to collaborate with architects and decorators, whether on commissions or site specific projects.
As she began to experiment with new media, Caroline has proven sensitive to the energy of urban universes and she travels widely to collect her own samples, through SLR photography, smartphone, videos and sound takes in such environments. Her work focuses on recordings of reality transformed with filters and superimposed colored graphics. Often initially figurative, her work evolves into an uncluttered stream of expression symbolized by harmony between planes, colors and textures. Through this approach she shows a constant interest for the sensory perception of light and space.

Caroline Bénech est née à Paris en 1980. Elle obtient le Master d’Arts Graphiques de l’ESAG Penninghen en 2003, après avoir suivi les cours de l’Académie Julian. Parallèlement au développement de sa propre pratique artistique, elle élabore, pendant plusieurs années en France et en Asie (Shanghai et Hong-Kong), des échanges avec des marques de luxe qui s’intéressent à son univers visuel. Son sens du dialogue avec des environnements et cultures variés, l’amène également à collaborer avec des architectes et décorateurs, pour des commandes particulières et projets in situ.
Sensible à l’énergie des univers urbains, elle voyage pour en capter ses propres échantillons : photographies reflex, smartphone, vidéos, prises de sons. Sa pratique est à l’origine concentrée sur ces enregistrements du réel qu’elle transforme avec des filtres et aplats graphiques superposés. En partie figuratif dans un premier temps, son travail fait ensuite place à une expression plus épurée, symbole d’une harmonie entre les plans, la couleur et la texture. Dans cette démarche demeure un intérêt constant pour les phénomènes de lumière et de perception de l’espace.



I experiment with mixed media in a merger of digital computer generated images, video, photo, and painting. My work explores interaction between light, space and surface. I build virtual worlds viewers can dive into to escaping through abstract landscapes and environments. I aim to make that journey as rich a contemplative, sensory perception as possible. My videos allow people to immerse themselves fully in that dreamlike universe and experience it from within.


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SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2010. UNESCO FESTIVAL OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY, Mairie du 1er, Paris, France.
2010. NK GALLERY, Paris, France.
2009. WITTGENSTEIN EDITIONS GALLERY, Hong Kong.
2008. GALERIE DE BEJARRY, Paris, France.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2016. PRIX ICART, (nominated), Paris, France.
2012. PALAIS DE TOKYO, Curated by Microsoft, Paris, France.
2011. GALERIE VAN DER PLANKEN, Antwerp, Belgium.
2010. ARTEMISS CONTEMPORARY, Tokyo, Japan.
2008. LOUISE ALEXANDER, Porto Cervo, Italy.
ARTFAIRS & FESTIVALS (SELECTED)
2017. TRAVERSE, Video Festival, Toulouse, France.
2015. TRANSIENT, Biennale Némo, Paris, France.
2011. ART & ANTIQUES FAIR, (with Van Der Planken gallery), Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
2010. FESTIVAL D’ART CONTEMPORAIN A-PART, Provence, France.
2010. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, (with Van Der Planken gallery), Toronto, Canada.
2009. HEC ART FESTIVAL, Jouy-en-Josas, France.
2008. AMERICAN INT. FINE ART FAIR, (with Waterhouse & Dodd gallery, London), Palm Beach, USA.
2007. ART BRIDGE CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, (with A.Lesaffre Contemporary Art), Miami, USA.
2007. ART PARIS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, (with Waterhouse & Dodd gallery, London), Abu Dhabi, UAE.
2005. NUIT BLANCHE, “Embarquement/ 5’ 32” (graphic Art for the installation), Paris, France.
2004. PALAIS DE TOKYO, Curated by HP Foundation, Paris, France.