ABOUT

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Brooklyn-based sculptor Joan Benefiel has always found that utilizing the female form to express herself is simply what makes sense. It is her medium. 

A new project begins with a series of quick sketches to work through her different visions. Soon it becomes clear what the most powerful form for a given idea is and she works out the details in increasingly larger maquettes and models.

Light is a very important element in Joan’s work. In her early bronzes, she felt compelled to open up the metal to let light through; what a viewer could see through it was almost as important as the form itself. Later she became fascinated by resin’s ability to capture and hold light.

In her new work that is currently in production, she explores childhood memories of dramatic geological landscapes. Towering rock formations, sculpted by water and time, looked intriguingly human to her eye, and cast in resin appear as if they could be carved out of light itself.

Joan received her first monumental public art commission in 2004. Primarily self-taught up to that point, she was accepted to the MFA program for figurative sculpture at the New York Academy of Art that same year.  Rounding out her formal sculpture training with more than a decade of working in bronze art foundries, Joan founded her woman-owned sculpture production company, Figuration L.L.C., in 2008. Her monumental works have been commissioned for a variety of public art installations and her signature resin figures and studies are included in numerous private art collections.

Born and raised in Kansas, she lives and works in Brooklyn’s artist enclave of Bushwick in New York City.


BIO

SELECT EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2017

  • Pikes Peak Community College; Colorado Springs, CO; acquisition of “Breathe” for permanent campus display; gift of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation

  • Sotheby's Take Home A Nude Auction and New York Academy of Art Benefit; acquisition of “Seaglass Coulée, Study no. 1” to benefit the New York Academy of Art

  • Art in Public Places; Knoxville, TN; acquisition of “In Stride” for permanent display in the McGhee Tyson Airport sculpture garden

  • Art on the Streets, Downtown Colorado Springs, CO

  • Rover 2017 Art Show; Starr Space Gallery; Brooklyn, NY

  • Sculpture Walk Springfield; Springfield, MO

  • Art Encounters Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Highlands Ranch; Douglas County, CO

2016

  • Art on the Streets, Downtown Colorado Springs, CO

  • Art Encounters Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Highlands Ranch; Douglas County, CO

  • Sculpture Walk Springfield; Springfield, MO

  • Art Around Town, Public Art Commission; Carbondale, CO

  • The Arnot Art Museum 75th Regional Juried Exhibition; Elmira, NY

  • St. Joseph Sculpture Walk; St. Joseph, MO

  • Rover 2016 Art Show; Starr Space Gallery; Brooklyn, NY

  • Art on the Lawn Outdoor Sculpture Installation; Rye Arts Center; Rye, NY

 2015

  • Cast In Light: Landscape Reflections solo exhibition; Rye Town Park; Rye, NY

  • Approaching the Figure Art Exhibition; The Studio Shop Gallery; Burlingame, CA

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts – The Showcase Collection of Small Works; Washington D.C.

  • Treasures from the Vault; Island Weiss Gallery; New York, NY

  • Selected as New York’s Figure50.com’s represented artist for 2015

  • Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery group show for Bushwick Open Studios; Brooklyn, NY

 2014

  • Public art installation & solo sculpture exhibition at Distrikt Hotel, sponsored by the Garment District Arts Program; New York, NY

  • Holiday House Art & Design Exhibition; New York, NY

  • ArtHamptons Contemporary Art Fair at Nova’s Ark Sculpture Park; Bridgehampton, NY

  • "Breathe" Large-Scale Sculpture Engineering & Production, sponsored by Smooth-on, Inc; Brooklyn, NY

DOCUMENTARY

SELECT PRESS

2017

Fox News; New Statue installed on Pikes Peak Community College downtown campus

The Gazette; Pikes Peak Community College Foundation acquires Art on the Streets Sculpture

2015

The Rye Record; The Landscape Just Got A Lot More Interesting

2014

Art Business News; listed as one of the Top Emerging Artists for 2014

2012

The New York Times; The Human Form Unleashed

2011

The Wall Street Journal; Figurations: The Fashion Center Pilings Project

The New York Post; Fashionably Nude Sculptures

2010

The Architect’s Newspaper Blog; Full Steam Ahead

www. Artnet.com; Hudson River Pilings Project Maquettes

2009

Flavorwire Exclusive, NYC Sculptor Joan Benefiel’s Hudson River Pilings Project

Brooklyn Modern; Brooklyn Sculptor Unveils The Hudson River Pilings Project

Continental Breakfast; New NYC Temporary Art Installation: Hudson River Pilings Project

Cool Hunting; Hudson River Pilings Project Review

HOW Journal, Issue #4; Hudson River Pilings Project

2005

The New York Times; At Last, A Monument to Vietnam Veterans