I am an artist interested in spiritual maps, the unconscious, and how art can be a gateway to something beautifully subtle about the human experience. A large part of my process weaves together my meditation practice and my painting and drawing practice. I also create sculptures and site specific installations that evoke meditative experiences through sound, light, and space. If I had to sum up my art simply, it would be that my art is about alchemy. It is about making something authentic and sacred through the creative act. It is making one’s deepest intentions tangible and visible. I create the work I want to see myself, its seems to be a reflection of my inner life.
In my outer life, I live in New Orleans with my wife, son, and dog. I have been fortunate to have many great teachers and mentors over the years and feel grateful for the opportunities I have had to share my art. My work has been exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. In 2017, I completed a commissioned installation at the Aloft Hotel in downtown New Orleans. I was also commissioned by the New Orleans Arts Council to create a site-specific installation for the LUNA Fete Art festival in 2016. My work is held in numerous private and public collections across the country, including the recently built University Medical Center New Orleans, who purchased six of my large scale paintings to be on permanent display. My art is also included in the collections of MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX along with New York Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. You can see my most up to date work on Instagram @martinLbenson