PJCC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2017
PJCC Art Gallery invites you to learn, discover and create with Siona during her tenure as their Artist-in-Residence, September 6–11.
Siona Benjamin is a painter and two-time Fulbright Fellow. Originally from Bombay, Ms. Benjamin now lives in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India.
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the extraordinary artwork of Siona Benjamin will begin its Beyond Borders tour at the acclaimed ACA Galleries in the Chelsea district of New York City. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 pm, and her solo exhibit will extend through April 22. Come see Siona's original paintings, giclees and many "Sionaware" wearable products inspired by her art. An experience not to miss...
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Siona grew up in a small Jewish community in predominantly Hindu and Muslim India, and now lives in the US. Her paintings are inspired by the imageries of her past from multicultural India, and of her present from an increasingly diverse America.
Throughout her art Siona uses a consistent shade of blue. To Siona, the blue represents being different, and personally, a jewish woman of color. In Siona’s words “blue could be the color of the sky and the ocean that stretches all over the world, so I could belong ‘Everywhere and Nowhere’ at the same...
Siona's latest painting - "Exodus: I See Myself in You" - is a breathtaking 7-panel piece spanning 10 ft wide and 3.5 ft high, created with gouache, acrylic and 22K gold leaf. Refugees forced to leave their homelands are guided by angels while the devil continues to wreak havoc. Who will prevail? This piece is on exhibit through November 13 at Opalka Gallery, Albany NY, returning to ACA Galleries in NYC thereafter. More pieces on the subject, including drawings, will be released soon.