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Deeply impacted by his discovery of Augustin Lesage, Éric Benetto explores the most arduous spiritual paths: monastic life and ascetic practices of the Orthodox hesychasm. His Chinese ink or pencil drawings, on paper, radiographs and other MRI scans are imbued with syncretic mysticism as well as an exceptional modernity. Before his first solo exhibition organized by the gallery in 2019, his work had already been noticed at the exhibition Brut Now: art brut in the time of technologies, at the Belfort museums. Since then, he has joined prestigious collections such as those of Laurent Dumas (France) or Treger-Saint Silvestre (Portugal).

portrait of éric benetto - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1972 —
Country France

For Éric Benetto, born in 1972 in La Roche-sur-Yon, the discovery - at the age of 17 - of the mediumistic work of underground miner Augustin Lesage was a real epiphany. His meeting with Abbé Coutant, who became a painter himself thanks to his friend Gaston Chaissac, left his mark just as much on him. Deeply meditative, fundamentally fierce, Benetto understood then that his feeling of exile would find in art an unsuspected outcome.

Between two trips to India, he worked in a wide variety of jobs: roadmender, telephone pollster, chemical plant guard, and many others. He began to write down in travel diaries what would become his formal grammar. Like an uninterrupted prayer, a silent, vertiginous recitation, a haunting graphic mantra.

Soon, India ink, especially, and pencil, sometimes, would conquer larger surfaces. Kraft paper, first of all, before, thanks to a job in a hospital, he discovered the potential of radiographs and other MRI images: both transparency and darkness in search of light. His pen overcome by the trance would do the rest.

While the motifs are repeated ad libitum and the serial incantations unfold like the primordial om, the artist gives substance to what Romain Rolland called the “oceanic feeling”, this formidable thirst for osmosis with the universe. In Benetto’s case, it extends from limbo to men. Urbi et orbi. Especially when his assemblies of magnetic resonance images are studded with negatives of photographs of those who he refers to as his ” terrestrial family “. Or when the peregrination of memory is coupled with a redemptive impetus. Not to mention these organs freed from their condition, reinvented, poetized, sublimated.

Éric Benetto has never stopped walking the most arduous spiritual paths, from the rigors of monastic life to the ascetic practices of orthodox hesychasm. However, his extreme humility prevents him from admitting his singularity, because the work he has conceived is not only marked by an exacerbated, syncretic mysticism, but also by an exceptional modernity. His work was particularly noticed in 2016 during the exhibition Brut Now: l’art brut au temps des technologies at the Musées de Belfort and is part of major collections, both of art brut and contemporary art.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
24.41 x 61.42 in
The meditoration of the nun Antonia - © christian berst — art brut
The meditoration of the nun Antonia, 2017
46.85 x 41.73 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2014
61.42 x 24.41 in
Cosmic Song - the watchers  - © christian berst — art brut
Cosmic Song - the watchers , 2007
18.9 x 14.17 in
Ancient painting  - © christian berst — art brut
Ancient painting , 2007
19.69 x 15.35 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2008
13.78 x 16.54 in
Ici se joue le drame d’Eden - © christian berst — art brut
Ici se joue le drame d’Eden, 2010
37.4 x 70.08 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
57.09 x 27.17 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2014
28.74 x 67.32 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2008
13.78 x 16.54 in
Nicolas, en recherche de déification depuis 10 ans - © christian berst — art brut
Nicolas, en recherche de déification depuis 10 ans, 2018
30.31 x 35.83 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2008
13.78 x 16.54 in
Exhibitions
éric benetto
in excelsis, at the gallery. From January 26 to March 2, 2019.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
Brut Now
art brut in the technological era, Belfort Museums . From October 29, 2016 to January 16, 2017.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
Drawing Now Art Fair
2016, Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 30 to April 3, 2016.
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Drawing Now 2016
Carreau du temple, Paris. From March 30 to April 3, 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
Arte Bruta Terra Incognita
by Christian Berst, Collection Treger-Saint Silvestre, Lisbonne. From April 20 to September 13, 2012.
drawing now 2012
drawing art fair, Carrousel du Louvre. From March 28 to April 1, 2012.
beyond the boundaries season 2011
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 10 to 28, 2011.
beyond the boundaries season 2009
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 11 to October 17, 2009.
exhibition view of *éric benetto: in excelsis*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: anaïs docteur, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *éric benetto: in excelsis*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: anaïs docteur, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *éric benetto : in excelsis*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: anaïs docteur, christian berst — art brut
Press review
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
méditation sous rayons X
Inès Boittiaux, Beaux-arts. February 13, 2019.
in pictures : exposition éric benetto
La Rédaction, The Art Newspaper Daily. February 1, 2019.
éric benetto : radiographies mystiques
François Salmeron Et Juliette Soulez, Le Quotidien De L’art. January 29, 2019.
les outsiders sortent du ghetto
Armelle Malvoisin, Beaux Arts. September 27, 2018.
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art brut 2.0
Philippe Godin, Diagonale De L’art. January 13, 2017.
L’art brut sort de l’ombre
Catherine Robet, Vivre Le Territoire N°167. November 25, 2016.
Drawing Now : 10 ans et en pleine forme
Thierry Hay, Culturebox. March 30, 2016.
Drawing Now passe le cap des 10 ans
Fanny Drugeon, L’Objet D’art. March 3, 2016.
retour du carrousel
Animula Vagula. April 8, 2012.
Radiographié
Arts Magazine. March 27, 2012.
galeries une rentrée
Lunettes Rouges, Amateur D'art Par Lunettes Rouges. September 22, 2011.
Une rentrée hors les normes 2009
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. September 30, 2009.
une rentrée hors les normes pour Christian Berst
Le Poignard Subtil. September 6, 2009.
Collections
Piet Meyer collection
Switzerland
collection Laurent Dumas
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Antoine Frérot collection
France
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Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Hervé Lancelin collection
Luxembourg
Video
Brut Now L’art brut au temps des nouvelles technologies
Language French
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