Erik Benson



b. 1974

Lives and works in Minneapolis, MN and Brooklyn, NY



2001, Rhode Island School of Design, MFA

2001, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1996, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, BFA


Solo Exhibitions

2013, The Park, Arsenal Gallery: NYC Parks Department, New York NY

2013, Sleepwalking, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. New York, NY

2012, All City, Edward Tyler Nahem Madrid, Spain

2011, Detouring, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York, NY

2011, Eminent Domain, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM

2007, Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX

2006, Elsewhere, Roebling Hall, New York, NY

2005, Galerie Schuster-Schuerman, Berlin, Germany

2004, Dwell, RARE, New York, NY

2004, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany

2003, Perfect Memory, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2003, New Paintings, RARE, New York, NY


Select Group Exhibitions

2014, Multiplicity, curated by Marco Antonini, Mixed Greena and NutureArt, Brooklyn, NY

2013, Epic Fail, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY

2012, Paved Paradise, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

2011, Die Like you Really Mean It, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY

2011, Planet of Slums, curated by LaToya Frazier and Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Third Streaming, New York, NY

2010, Planet of Slums, curated by LaToya Frazier and Omar Lopez-Chahoud Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2010, Interrupted Landscapes, Champion Contemporary, Austin, TX

2010, Lush Life, curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Salon 94, New York, NY

2010, Utopia/Dystopia, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Domestic City, organized by Vine Contario and Nichole van Beek, Kid Yellin, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Future Tense: Landscape in Transition, curated by Dede Young, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY

2010, Skeptical Landscapes, Herter Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA

2009, Re-accession: For Sale by Owner, curated by Philae Knight and Amanda Steck, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY

2009, Commune, curated by Dominique Nahas, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY

2009, In This World, Holster Projects, London, UK

2009, Artificial Realities, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY

2009, Tenerife Biannual, Canary Islands

2008, Lost Horizon, curated by David Gibson Herter Gallery, UMass Amherst, MA

2008, Future Tense, Reshaping the Landscape, Newberger Museum, Purchase, NY

2008, All Cut Up, curated by Rita de alencar Pinto, Roebling Hall, New York, NY

2007, Reality Show 2, Peninsula Arts Center, Newport News, VA

2005, Built Against Site, Paragraph, Kansas City, MO

2005, Wasteland: 21st Century Landscape, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY

2005, Everland, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY

2004, Suburbicarian, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004, Void, curated by David Gibson

2004, City Maps, Curated by Kate Green, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX

2004, Symbolic Space, HVCCA, Peekskill, NY

2004, Works on Paper, RARE, New York, NY

2003, Street Level, CCS Gallery @Bard College, Annendale on the Hudson, NY

2002, AIM Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2001, Thesis Exhibition, RISD Museum, Providence, RI


Awards & Honors

2012, Visiting Artist, Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY

2012, Visiting Artist, SUNY, Purchase, NY

2011, Bemis Contemporary Art Center, Artist in Residence

2011, Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for Arts Fellowship Award

2007, NYFA Painting Fellow

2007, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program

2006, Visiting Artist, Mississippi State University

2005, Participating Artist in the Artist Pension Trust

2002, Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

2000, Match Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, ME

2000, Award of Excellence, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Select Press

Jennifer Eberhart, “September Gallery Focus,”, September 17, 2013.

Laura C. Mallonee, “Critical Play: Picturing Playgrounds in Central Park,” Hyperallergic, June 17, 2013.

Alice Perry, “Playground Art at the Arsenal and Julie Saul Galleries,” The New York Observer Scooter Magazine, May 24, 2013.

CM Gorey, “Constructing Lofty Visions: The Cut and Applied Paintings of Erik Benson,” Thalo, November 13, 2012.

Francisco Calvo Serraller, El Pais, February 18, 2012.

Guillermina Royo-Villanova, “La Mirada urbana,” La Razon, February 9, 2012.

Kristen Chiacchia, All City, translated by Paloma Martin Llopis, New York: Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, illustrated catalogue, 2012.

Kristen Chiacchia, Detouring, New York: Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, illustrated catalogue, 2011.

Greg Lindquist, “Erik Benson,” ARTnews, December 2011.

“Erik Benson Detouring,” Gallery Guide, October 2011.

Walter Robinson, “Weekend Update,” Artnet, October 2011.

“The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss,” Art in America, October 6, 2011.

Anthony Barzilay Freund and Serena Stanfill Tufo, “September Strategies,” 1stdibs Introspective, September 2001. p. 10-11

Kate McGraw, “Beauty in Blight,” Santa Fe Venue, April 15, 2011.

Michael Abatemarco, “Brick by Stick,” Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, 2011. p.36-37

Jonathan T.D Neil, “Planet of Slums, Art Review, Issue 48, 2011. p. 128

Harpers, July 2009. p. 15, illustrated

Benjamin Genocchio, “Future Tense,” New York Times, June 1, 2008.

Carrie Secrist, “Art Chicago,” Chicago Sun Times, 2008.

Christopher French, November Reiews, ARTnews, November 2007.

The New Yorker, October 9, 2006.

Viola Salzedo-Gramm, “Commercial Crud,” New York Press, October 4-10, 2006.

Jennifer Riley, “Erik Benson @Roebling Hall,” The Brooklyn Rail, October 2006.

Hesse McGraw, “Suite Dreams,” Tank Magazine, Vol. 4 issue 2, 2005.

Amanda Coulson, Review Galerie Schuster, Modern Painters, December/January 2004-05.

Jennifer Jankauskas, Finesilver Gallery review, ArtLies, Winter 2004.

Elaine Wolff, “Terra Concipia,” San Antonio Current, March 18, 2004.

David Pagel, “Sinister Visions of the Suburbs,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 19, 2003.

David Hunt, Perfect Memory, exhibition catalogue, 2002.

Holland Cotter, New York Times, AIM22 Review, Sep. 4, 2002.

AIM22, exhibition catalogue, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2002. p. 12

Time Out New York, May 9-16, 2002. p. 71