Steve DiBenedetto

Steve DiBenedetto’s intensely worked canvases explore painting in the Post Modern world. His process, a sometimes-combative approach that can last many years, has a ferocity to it. DiBenedetto’s paintings drip with energy and the liquid materiality of oil and pigment. They ram together pattern, line, color and imagery with seemingly both abandon and calculated intent. DiBenedetto speaks of his work as a very compressed expressionism: a meticulous, yet agitated kind of painting. In his work, boundaries become uncertain. Multiple layers of paint create hallucinogenic scenes held together by webs and tendrils. DiBenedetto’s encrusted surfaces display a fascination with assertive color; they organically merge surface and structure into a sometimes plaintive, sometimes exuberant whole.

Steve DiBenedetto’s most recent solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin (2732 Space), Los Angeles, CA; Half Gallery, New York, NY; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, and Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY. DiBenedetto’s work has been included in several solo and group museum exhibitions: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY; MAGASIN-Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France; Neuen Museum, Nurnberg, Germany; Kunstverein Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland. DiBenedetto’s work is included in such public collections as Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. DiBenedetto received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2002 as well as a Rosenthal Award and Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2003.


Steve DiBenedetto; Eye in the Sky in Foie Gras, 2015; oil on linen; 22 x 28 in.
Steve DiBenedetto; Conventional Radicality, 2015; oil on linen; 28 x 22 in.