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Antoni Benavente Barbero
Lleida, 1964

Bio: Born in 1964 in Lleida (Spain) Antoni Benavente began his artistic career in the nineteen-eighties. Benavente studied Visual Art and Graphic Design in the Municipal School of Fine Arts of Lleida. His work has been selected in diverse national and international photographic exhibitions and festivals. His artistic work forms part of both public and private collections. He currently works and lives in Lleida and is represented by PetitGaleria.

Statement: My work is composed mostly of photographic series of my walks through towns, cities, and their peripheries. Spaces where instants of a certain "magical realism" arise. Most of my work is done in black and white, I think grayscale representation conveys the essentials of what I have perceived and wish to communicate. Photographing for me is my way of relating to life. Describe with my voice the poetry of simple and universal things. It is essentially a vital exercise. As the french writer Albert Camus said,"Créer, c'est vivre deux fois" (To create is to live twice)

Group shows (selection)

2020 Grandmama's Print. Contemporary Photography Magazine."Magical Realism" Online exhibition. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2020 5th Flow Masterprint Challenge "Change". One of five selected winners curated by Rachel Barker’s (Stanleybarkerbooks) . FlowPhotographic, London.
2020 Joel Meyerowitz’s Flow Masterprint Challenge “The Corner”. One of seven selected winners chosen by Joel Meyerowitz. FlowPhotographic, London.
2020 "The Better Days" Online Exhibition curated by Aline Smithson. Lenscratch Fine Photography Daily. USA.
2020 "Tropes Gone Wild" group show # 64. Online exhibition. Humble Arts Foundation. USA.
Curated by Jon Feinstein and Roula Seikaly.
2020 FloatingSources. Independent Photo Curation. A short series curated by Ina Ciumakova. (Instagram)
2019 Instantly Vulgar Contest (winner). Vulgaris Magazine, Otawa, Canada.
2018 "Numerology" group show # 59. Online exhibition. Humble Arts Foundation. USA
2018 "New Psychedelics" group show # 57. Online exhibition. Humble Arts Foundation. USA
2017 "PhotoCat" Collective exhibition. Schilt Publishing & Gallery. Amsterdam. The Netherlands.
2016 "Digital & Horses" Participative project. Les Rencontres de la Photographie_Arles (France)
2013 "Un punt de vista" Collection Gelonch-Viladegut. Andorra la Vella.
2009 "Emergent" International Photography Festival in Lleida.
2008 "Correspondències" Espai cavallers. Lleida.
2007 International Award "Exlibris". Collective exhibition. Lleida.
2005 "Sense llar” Photo project about people without home in the city of Lleida.
2005 Collective exhibition. Ismes Gallery. Vilanova i La Geltrú (Barcelona).
2001 International biennial of drawing"Josep Amat" artwork selected. Sant Feliu de Guixols (Girona).
2000 Painting Award "Ciutat de Castelló" Artwork selected.Castelló de la Plana.
2000 "Photomarket" Fotodelux Photo Gallery. Lleida.
1999 "Supermerc'art" Indecor Art Gallery. Lleida.
1999 "Sense sostre” Photo project about homeless people in the city of Lleida.
1995 "Index" Collective exhibition. Lleida.
1991 Drawing Award "Antonio del Rincón" Artwork selected.
1990 X Drawing Biennial Ciudad de Zamora. Artwork acquired.
1990 Painting Award "Bicentennial Sta.Cruz del Valle" (Ávila). Artwork finalist.
1990 "Segona Entrega" Artwork selected. Lleida.
1990 "I Salón de otoño". A Coruña.
1990 Mostra d'Art de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Artwork selected. Lleida.

Solo shows

2017 "Quadern de camp" Solo exhibition/Intervention. Petit Galeria. Lleida.
2002 "Recent work" Indecor Art Gallery. Lleida
1995 "1993/1995 Photos" Image Club. Lleida
1987 "Paintings" Hall of the City Council of Balaguer (Lleida)

Bibliography

"Art del segle XX a Lleida” Dictionary of painters, sculptors, engravers and cartoonists. Editorial Pagès, 2003.
"Fons pictòric de la Diputació de Lleida” General catalogue about the artistic background of the institution.

Publications

"Z-ONE" Print & online contemporary photography magazine / visual research and curatorial platform. Issue 01.
Curatorial Concept by Ali Besikçi. April 2020, Istanbul.
"OWEST" first self-managed publication by the OWESTPHOTO collective. Lleida, November 2018.
"ALLCITIESAREBEAUTIFUL" Urban contemporary photography website. Germany. 2017. Curated by Alexandre Kurek.
"PHOTOCAT" Book and collective exhibition. Schilt Publishing & Gallery. Amsterdam. The Netherlands. November 2017.
"DIGITAL& HORSES" Catalog of the participative project. Les Rencontres de la Photographie. Arles (France).
"Centre ciutat" Magazine "Lectura" Diari Segre. Secció La Mirada. Lleida, 2016.
"Fotografi Bannati" magazine # 10. Antoni Benavente Barbero, Street-Photography. Ricardo Enrique text. Italy, 2016.
"Esport i Natura" signed limited edition for "La Festa de l'esport" Lleida, 2013.
"Arts Magazine" #29. Cercle de Belles Arts. Lleida, 2008.
"Lleida" Magazine "Lectura" Diari Segre. Lleida, 2008.
"Arts Magazine" #16. Cercle de Belles Arts. Lleida, 2001.

Photography Workshops

2013 JOSÉ MANUEL NAVIA "Fotografía de autor"
2007 SANDRA BALCELLS “International photojournalism"
2006 MANEL ESCLUSA "Photo project about the town of La Seu d'Urgell"
2005 CHRISTINE SPENGLER "Pain and Beauty"

Artistic Training

1998-2000. Higher Level Training Cycle in Visual Arts and Design. EMBA. Lleida.

Represented by Petit galeria (Lleida)