Aviv Benn (b. 1988 in Tel-Aviv), lives and works in Chicago IL.
Using expressive, immediate and comical painting language, she captures her feelings and reactions towards life in our unsettling and frenetic times.
The humorous painting language that characterizes her work allows the viewers to distant themselves from the existential pain and to reflect about their own state of being.
Benn completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018, and her BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem in 2013.
Benn had solo exhibitions at Art Von Frei Gallery, Berlin, in RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv and Devening Projects Gallery, Chicago and Extase Gallery, Chicago. She participated in various group exhibitions in Germany, Chicago, New York and Tel-Aviv.
Her work was featured on various publications and platforms such as New American Paintings, ArtMaze Magazine, Artnet, The Art Newspaper, Ha’aretz Daily Newspaper and more.
Benn participated in artist residencies including Affect in Berlin (2014), PILOTENKUECHE international artist residency, Leipzig (2015) and the Vermont Studio Center artist residency (2019).
She received the Rabinovich Foundation Grant in 2015 and 2019 and the Graduate Dean Professional Development Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017 and 2018.