“Through the use of varied media that has been constructed and deconstructed, my work explores concepts associated with ‘place’ as it relates to geography, topography, branding and identification.”
From a young age, Benito Rangel de Maria was set on a path that interwove disparate cultural and geographical boundaries. While he was born in Michoacán, Mexico, in 1970, Benito grew up in Chicago, a city bordered by pockets of diverse ethnic cultures that ultimately influenced his outlook on the world.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Lake Forest College, with a concentration in printmaking. Although he experimented with various media while earning his degree, Benito always returned to working with paper and ink. During his college years, he spent a year abroad, living in Madrid and Paris before returning to the US to graduate in 1994.
After graduation, he completed a Studentship at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, where he studied the museum’s permanent collection while performing various docent duties. Soon after, he joined the ARCH Foundation in Lugano, Switzerland, where he coordinated conservation and restoration projects including efforts in St. Petersburg, Russia and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Through these travel experiences, Benito became fully engaged in ideas of cross contemporary cultures. His desire to further explore these issues artistically brought him back to the United States to develop his career as a full time artist.
His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area. Benito has recently completed artist residencies in Costa Rica and Berkeley where he further explored printmaking techniques. His work has been exhibited at ArtMarket San Francisco and has completed large scale commissions for private collectors as well as for the Hard Rock Hotel.
ART FAIRS, RESIDENCIES, AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
2018 ART MARKET San Francisco, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2018 Commission, Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, FL
2017-2018 Artist-in-Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2017 Artist-in-Residency, Monte Azul Contemporary Art, Costa Rica
2016 ART ASPEN Zener Schon Contemporary Art, Aspen, CO
2015 ART MARKET San Francisco, Zener Schon Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2014 Fall National Juried Exhibition, Juror Curator of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Betti-Sue Hertz, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
2014 Small Works Exhibit, Juried Exhibition, Juror Critic Alan Bamberger, Art Works Downtown Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2014 ArtSlant Showcase Winner Round #5 of the 2014 Showcase competition cycle, Mixed Media
2008 My Space, Juried Group Exhibition, Juror Suvan Geer, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA
2018 Artists’ Annual Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2016 Reconstructed Abstractions, 2 person Exhibition, ZenerSchon Contemporary Art, Mill Valley, CA
2015 Benito Rangel de Maria : Navigating Boundaries, Solo Exhibition, ZenerSchon Contemporary Art, Mill Valley, CA
2015 Terra Infirma, Juried Group Exhibition, Juror Chandra Cerrito, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA
2015 Latino Art Now! Invitational Group Exhibition, MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), San Jose, CA
2015 Cheer and Charity Group Exhibition, ZenerSchon Contemporary Art, Mill Valley, CA
2014 Snap to Grid, Group Exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Inside Out, Juried Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 ACE 2013, Juried Group Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2013 (re)form, Solo Show, Monarch Contemporary, Palm Springs, CA
2012 Refraction, Solo Show, Monarch Contemporary, Palm Springs, CA
2010 Constant Motion, Monarch Contemporary, Seattle, WA
2008 Microcosm, Solo Show, Monarch Studio, Seattle, WA
2008 “And the Winner Is…”, Group Show, Sonnenshein Gallery, Lake Forest, IL
2008 Immigration USA, Group Show, NSCC Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Emerging Artists, Group Show, D’Adamo Woltz Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 MECHANICA, Solo Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, FL
2007 Group Show, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 Cheer, Group Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
2007 Interstate 5, Group Show, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR
2007 Pulp.2, Group Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
2007 Ibero American Art, Ibero American International Gallery, Miami, FL
2006 Brighter!, Juried Group Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
2006 Pulp, Group Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
2003 Fingerhut Gallery of Edina, Group Show, Minneapolis, MN
2003 Gallery Artists Group Show, Visual Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Fingerhut Gallery of Edina, Group Show, Minneapolis, MN
1998 Latin American Art, Sonnenshein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
– Berkeley Times, March 2018, Berkeley, CA
– Fusion Exhibition Catalog, 2015, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
– PUNTO i COMA, Chicago, IL
Feb 2014 Issue, Interview by Soydeth Avila “TRIBE”.
– ACE 2013 Exhibition Catalog, Palm Springs Art Museum
November 2013, Palm Springs, CA
– PREVIEW Gallery Guide Magazine, Seattle, WA
Jan/Feb 2010 Issue, Review by Allyn Cantor of “Constant Motion” installation, page 86.
– Ibero American International Magazine, Miami, FL
Fall 2007 Issue, Review of “Microcosm” series, page 18.
– Ibero American International Magazine, Miami, FL
Spring 2007 Issue, Review of current work in Contemporary Art section, page 31.
– OneShot 2006, Visual Codec, Seattle, WA
Publication included “AutoMotion” Series among Top 100 artworks chosen for this juried book.
1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Concentration in Fine Art Printmaking, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
1994 Studentship, Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice, Italy
1995-1998 Conservation/Restoration Program Coordinator at ARCH Foundation, Lugano, Switzerland
2009-2013 Director and Curator, Monarch Contemporary, Seattle, WA
Born in Michoacán, Mexico 1970
Currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA