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Ana Benaroya (born 1986) depicts female bodies that push against gender and societal norms. Their intensely colored figures are bursting with energy, their exaggerated muscles and breasts refusing to be contained as they dissolve the binary between the male and the female form. In a world devoid of men, their sensuality is their own and they know how to flaunt it for themselves and on their own terms. They capture the intensity of lesbian desire, projecting confidence in the way they hold their bodies and engage the viewer. 

Benaroya has long been fascinated by the superhero-esque male body that dominated the comics of her youth and she continues to draw on the legacy of comics and caricature in her work, citing artists like Peter Saul, Carroll Dunham and Tom of Finland as inspiration. She is keenly aware of the subversive power of humor and toes the line between funny and serious in her depictions of violence, sexuality and desire. 

Ana Benaroya received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Painting from Yale University. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Venus Over Manhattan, New York; Carl Kostyal Gallery, London; Ross + Kramer, New York; and Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, among others. Benaroya’s work can be found in the collections of institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The High Art Museum, Atlanta; and the Zuzeum Art Center, Riga.

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Ana Benaroya, The Voice of Flowers

The Voice of Flowers, 2022
Monotype in watercolor with hand additions in pencil
42 x 35 inches 

Ana Benaroya, The Voice of Flowers

The Voice of Flowers, 2022
Monotype in watercolor with hand additions in pencil
42 x 35 inches 

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022   Swept Away, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
2021   The Muse’s Gaze: Ana Benaroya & Yinka Shonibare CBE, Morgan Presents, New York, NY
2020   The Softest Place on Earth, Ross + Kramer Gallery East Hampton, NY
2020   Teach Me Tonight, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Standing Before Evil, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022   FireFigureFantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection, ICA Miami, FL
2021   OUT Collective / Queercircle, Victoria Miro, London, UK
2021   Resting Point of Accomodation, Almine Rech, Brussels, Belgium

Selected Public Collections

The High Museum - Atlanta, Georgia
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Pérez Art Musum Miami
Zuzeum Art Center, Latvia


2020   Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy
2015   Artist In Residence, Newark Print Shop, NJ
2015   Iceland Residency, Light Grey Art Lab, MN

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