(Tunisian, born in 1970 in Tunis, Tunisia, lives & works in Brooklyn, NY)
Bennys, an abstract painter and sculptor, uses color as equally a structure as a three-dimensional object in space. Layered textures and pigments define much of her work. This exploration of texture and material gives way to the visual knowledge of form through coloration. For the artist, color becomes a point of departure in exploring the depths of architectural form. In her paintings one can note the manner in which color acts as a constructive tool: the purity of pigment stands flat on the canvas and thus become a structure in and of itself. Bennysʼpaintings are lyrical and exist as a natural and fluid extension of sculptural figuration. Bennysʼpractice exists within the realm of incessant layering of flat pigments, the “tableau” becomes the art object as a three-dimensional structure.
Amel Bennys has a MFA from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. She has received several awards including: Villa Medicis "Hors les Murs", "Les Etoiles de la Peinture"prize, which resulted in an exhibition at the Maeght Galleries, Montrouge and Barcelone. In 2012, she has been invited by the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation (Bethany, CT). Her work has been reviewed in Le Monde Diplomatique, Gazette Drouot Auction, French television: FR3 & ARTE. Her work is in prestigious collections including: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, U.S.A ; Agnès B., private collection ; Alain Bonfand, private collection ; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia ; Ministry of Culture collection, Tunis, Tunisia; Pascal Quignard collection, Paris, France; Frédéric Mitterand (former Minister of Culture) collection, Paris, France; Foreign Ministry of France collection, Paris, France; Intervest Development Corp collection, New York, U.S.A.