Artist CV

 

b. 1972 Brooklyn, NY, USALives and works in Galveston, TX, USA

 

 

Education

2017

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2016
Afrosupernatural, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey

Select Group Exhibitions and Performances

2017

A Fast, Moving Sky, The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

High John the Conqueror Ain’t Got Nothing On Me: American Hoodoo and Southern Black American-centric Spiritual Ways, Rush Art Gallery, NY, curated by Danny Simmons and Shantrelle P. Lewis

2016

Koi No Yokan III, 101 Exhibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015

Cosmology of Resistance and Transformation, G.R. N’namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Oshun Layne and Daniel Simmons

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons (coupled with items from his eclectic collection), African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

New American Sculpture, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Dexter Wimberly

Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC, curated by Rehema Barber

2014

In Between Days, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, New York, NY, curated by Tess Schwab

I Kan Do Dat, Contemporary Abstract Art, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Danny Simmons and Oshun Layne

Bridging Boundaries: Redefining Diaspora Part I, Postscrypt Gallery Columbia University, New York, NY

Bridging Boundaries Redefining Diaspora Part II, Aloft Hotel Gallery, New York, NY curated by Leanne Stella

Curatorial Salon, Leonardo Benzant, Derek Fordjour, Duhirwe Rushemeza, Tikhonova & Wintner Fine Art, New York, NY

Performance Collaboration with Lisa Shears, Maia Estelle Benzant-Perez and Aixa Kendrick: The Trinity, Tikhonova & Wintner Fine Art, New York, NY

 

Artist Talks and Lectures

2014

Artist Lecture Series, MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Across Generations: African-Americanisms in Contemporary Art. Moderated by Dexter Wimberly, Tikhonova & Wintner Fine Art, New York, NY

THE SACRED AND THE SURREAL: THE ROLE OF SPIRITUALITY IN ABSTRACT ART, Danny Simmons Jr. Panel Discussion, moderator: Sherman Fleming

Edge Art: Black Latino (a) Artists, An Inter-Caribbean Dialogue, 3rd. Annual Black Studies Fine

Art Exhibition of Contemporary Black/Afro-Latino (a) Artists from Around the Western Atlantic World, Cohen Library Archives Gallery, New York, NY

 

Select Bibliography

Alyssa Klein, “Leonardo Benzant Afrosupernatural Art”, OkayAfrica, 2016

Kelvin Ward, “Afrosupernatural”, The Bholdr, 2016

Sharon Pendana, In The Trove, “Leonardo Benzant”, 2016

Benjamin Sutton, “Surveying Surveys of New American Sculpture”, Hyperallergic, 2015

Ryan Wong, “Younger Americans At Driscoll Babcock”, ARTSlant New York

 

Residencies

2016

Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston Texas

 

Public Collections

The Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC, USA

Art in Embassies, US Department of State, Washington, DC, USA

 

Private Collections

Private Collections Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Washington DC

Kenneth Montague, Toronto, Canada

Lazane Jobe, Los Angeles, CA

Vivian Hewitt, New York, NY

Stanley Gleaton, New York, NY

 

Other works held in private collections in the United States and the Dominican Republic