Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts.

She has her first MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL and a second MFA in Theater set design from the University of Illinois-Urbana/ Champaign. She has exhibited her work in the US, Europe and Asia.

She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for the art project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. The first exhibit for the India Fulbright was in 2013 at the Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai and several others followed. Siona received a second Fulbright fellowship in 2016-17 to Israel and her project is titled – From Motherland to Fatherland: Transcultural Indian Jews in Israel.

Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, ArtNews, Moment magazine, The Times of India, Marg Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel and several news papers, magazines, journals and books.

For additional art by Siona, contact Heather Carter.

TITLE: “Bridging Pardes”
MEDIUM: Gouache, mixed media and 22K gold leaf on wood panel
SIZE: 30" x 24"
YEAR: 2014
TITLE: “Montclair Shangri-La”
MEDIUM: Displayed on floor of the Montclair Hotel
SIZE: 6' x 6'
YEAR: 2019
TITLE: “Liberty Series #1 – Give Me”
MEDIUM: Acrylic and gouache on canvas
SIZE: 12.5" x 12.5"
YEAR: 2018
TITLE: “Liberty Series #6 –To Breathe”
MEDIUM: Acrylic and gouache on canvas
SIZE: 14.5" x 14.5"
YEAR: 2018
TITLE: “Finding Home #29”
MEDIUM: Gouache and 22K gold leaf on paper
SIZE: 16" x 22"
YEAR: 1999


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