Benjamin Carbonne was born in 1970 in France. Self-taught, he took possession of this kind of art and since then, always "says" what bothers him, a way to expresse violence, his or someone else's, and eventually make space for something else inside him. The artist paintings are often tormented characters. This period of his work will focus on t...
Benjamin Carbonne was born in 1970 in France. Self-taught, he took possession of this kind of art and since then, always "says" what bothers him, a way to expresse violence, his or someone else's, and eventually make space for something else inside him. The artist paintings are often tormented characters. This period of his work will focus on the sometimes sweet and sensitive, but also very often torn or distorted with painful faces, sreaming the need of expression.
In 2004 he creates with Antonio Rodriguez Yuste (poet and painter), the workshop of contemporary art "Interferences" and extend their collaboration. Particular works are at the origin of Benjamin's evolution. In 2007, the creation of a 50-meter-long mural at the Rivesaltes camp will give new meaning to his approach and will make Benjamin discover his "place" as an artist in a story. In 2009 it is the order of a Pieta that will cause in Benjamin a different work on the body.
After hitting with intensity what could be more alive, more skinned like humanity, Benjamin naturally takes this new way to work on the other bodies or faces, revealing all their power in contrast depth and lightness, precision and pictorial space to the imagination.
Benjamin Carbonne was selected for its "storming" which was presented at the opening of Marseille-provence 2013, The european Capital of the culture.
The gallery's words
I met for the first time Benjamin Carbonne in 2012. The discovery of his work was violent. Attraction, mystery, violence, denunciation, softness ... complementary and contradictory emotions, it was a real revelation : I had to work with him, it could not be otherwise! The first meeting was as complex as his work, Benjamin, a complete, honest artist, wanted to be certain that I will not distort his words and that I will feel what he has in his creations. For a first collaboration, the artist invited me to come and paint the large scales at the gallery and spend several days together, which would allow us to get to know each other better. Benjamin worked in the 3rd room, I had the chance to experience a performance that gave me "goose bumps". Without more word, the message was over. Since 2012 it is a collaboration, a mutual trust that has been built. We both take care to never distort the remarks, to remain faithful to who we are. Since 2012 we have exposed all the work of Benjamin and continue with pleasure to make you discover his progress.