ABOUT THE ARTIST
A linguist all my life, I am now learning a new language, the language of Art. I am interested in the memory of objects and landscapes, and in the imprint of people on the world. My work is increasingly abstracted by desire although it sometimes seems to hover between the figurative and abstracted forms. I currently paint with acrylics using quick, intuitive brush strokes sometimes adding paper, fabric, ground river rock and applying stencils or found objects. The pallet knife is my tool of choice as it offers both compelling and unpredictable paint strokes. I often prepare my surfaces with gesso and modeling paste, or other material, sometimes with the work in mind, to establish a relationship with the canvas, building-up texture so the canvas starts waking up to the painting it is about to become. I am a self-taught artist and have attended the classes of several national, international and local artists. Many artists guide me through my work, too many to name, among them Marc Chagall, Paul Cezanne, Henry Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck, André Derain, Nicolas de Staël, Margaret Putman (http://www.margaretputnam.com/bio.html) and Thornton Dial.
I have exhibited in San Antonio as a member of the Genlileschi Aegis Gallery Association (https://sylviambenitez.wixsite.com)
EDUCATION AND ART TRAINING
Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail, Toulouse, France:
BA Applied Foreign Languages - French/English/Spanish - Minor in Business and Economics
Diploma of Translation and Consecutive/Simultaneous Interpretation, 1980.
"Cypress Studio" Art Class with Laurence Karasek, Lakehills, Texas: Strengthening Drawing Skills, Composition, Perspective, Spatial Understanding, April 2013.
Painting classes with Seth Camm, 2014.
Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas: Studied Studio Art, Landscape Painting and Intensified Abstraction with Jeannette McDougall, Sylvia Benitez and Chris Sauter, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
Semmes Studio at the San Antonio Art League and Museum: "Inspired Abstraction", a Studio Workshop, 2018, with Marguerite Moreau McCarthy.
New York Foundation For the Arts - Learning/Professional Development - Immigrant Artists Mentoring Program with Mentor Kim Bishop, 2019.
Color Theory and Studio Workshops with Roberta Buckles, Summer and Fall 2019.
LANGUAGES: French, English, Spanish