Artist: Siona Benjamin
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 Sephardic icons.
She has her first MFA in painting and a second MFA in Theater set design. She has exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia.
She has been recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for art project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Research for this project has been conducted in India. First exhibit was in October 2013 at the Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai, India. This exhibit was covered by The Times of India, The Mumbai Mirror, Midday newspaper and Caravan magazine.
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 and several news papers, magazines, journals and books.
Computer mouse, 22K gold leaf and mixed media
The hindu god Ganesha, he emerges from the India of my childhood. Might as well get a computer he told me, I too have to keep up with the times. And how about a matching computer mouse? Every Indian god has a vehicle he or she rides on, and Ganesha’s vehicle has always been a mouse. My mouse will have a new friend he told me, and this one wont end up in the land fill! One mouse saved, many more to go.
Market Value: $8000
Starting Bid: $2000