Sara Benninga is a painter and art researcher, living and working in Jerusalem.
Benninga is a lecturer at the department of visual and material culture at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, as well as in the department of art history at Tel Aviv University.
Benninga holds a PhD in art history from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, as well as a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, a BA in art history and literature from Tel Aviv University and a MA in art history from the Hebrew University.
Benninga’s artistic practice focuses on medium to large sized oil paintings, as well as drawings and prints. In her narrative painting, Benninga synthesizes figures from her personal world, with cultural and media influences.
In mostly imagined scenes Benninga researches social relations and tensions as well as formal questions ranging from the figurative to the abstract.
Benninga has exhibited a solo show at Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv (2021), a double-show at the New Gallery, Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem (2017), and various group shows
She has been awarded a young-artist prize from the Print Workshop Jerusalem (2016), and has taken part in Asylum Arts’ residency in Garrison New York (2018).
Her paintings have been featured in a number
2012 - BFA graduation exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
2019 - Present Occurrences: Winners of the Young Artists Scholarship. Jerusalem Print Workshop. Curator: Irena Gordon.
2019 - “Civilized Jungle”, Gallery of David Yellin Academic College of Education. Curator: Nava T. Barazani.
2018 - Group exhibition at Rosenbach Contemporary Art Gallery, Jerusalem.
2018 - Pnina Yuchtman Prize, Rali Museum, Cesaerea. Curator: Uri Rosenwein.
2018 - Eclectica, Koresh 14, Jerusalem. Curator: Vered Hadad.
2017 - Salon, Hakubia, Jerusalem. Curators: Dan Ormian and Ella Cohen Vansover.
2017 - Artist’s Appointment, Manofim, Jerusalem Contemporary Art Festival. Curator: Hadas Glazer.
2016 - Hallway Conversations, The New Gallery, Jerusalem. Curator: Tamar Gispan-Greenberg.
2016 - Barbur 24 hour residency, Jerusalem.
2015 - Demons and Ghosts, The New Gallery, Jerusalem. Curator: Hedva Shemesh.
2014 - Bread and Roses, Art sale exhibition, Tel Aviv.
2018 - Asylum Arts Retreat, Garrison, New York
2016 - Printing scholarship, Jerusalem Print Workshop
2020 - Terminal Art Magazine
PhD art history, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (July 2017)
MA art history, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2009)
BFA Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2012)
BA art history and comparative literature, Tel Aviv University (2006)
2016 - present: Lecturer, Department of History and Theory, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
2018 - present: Lecturer, Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University