Born in Mumbai, India, Siona Benjamin was brought up in a Jewish community among a complex montage of Eastern and Western religions. Informed by the world around her Siona Benjamin’s work is transcultural and transnational. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.
She was awarded her first Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for an art project titled Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. The first exhibit was in October 2013 at the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, India, which was covered by The Times of India, The Mumbai Mirror, Midday Newspaper and Caravan Magazine.
Currently on her second Fulbright Fellowship in Israel, her new work will be the subject of the 2017 Jerusalem Biennale. A solo exhibition from this series was on view at the Opalka Gallery in Albany, NY (August 23 – October 9, 2016) and will travel to the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in September 2017 following her solo show at ACA Galleries in New York.
The documentary film Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin was recently released and shown at numerous film festivals across the United States.
Benjamin has exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, ArtNews, Moment magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel and numerous other newspapers, magazines, journals and books.
Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders, edited by Elizabeth Greenberg. Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY, 2016 Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin, directed by Hal Rifken, 2015.