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

in Israel.


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

of publications.

Solo Exhibitions

2021 - Bacchanal, Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv

2019 -  Artist Wall, Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv

2017 - Trickle, New Gallery, Teddy Stadium

2012 - BFA graduation exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Group Exhibitions

2021: Bloodline: The Artist’s Family, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv. Curated by Hadas Glazer.

2021: Draw me a Child, Illustration Week, Tel Aviv. Curated by Tal Frenkel Alroy.

2020: Salon Hacubia, Portraiture exhibition. Curated by Ella Cohen Vansover and Dan Ormian.

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 - Man's Man, Jerusalem Biennale, Bezeq Building

2017 - Meet the Artist, Menofim, Jerusalem

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


2021 - Featured painting in Thoughts on Food, Department of Visual and Material Culture, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

2021 - Cover Image and artist statement, Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism and Translation, Stanford University, Issue 19.

2020 - Editor’s Choice, Terminal Art Magazine, editor: Rachel Sukman.


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)

Work Experience

2016 - present: Lecturer, Department of History and Theory, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

2018 - present: Lecturer, Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University