The development of ideas is first and foremost in my work. Art is composed of medium, technique and idea. We thrive I feel through learning and understanding. Awareness is the beginning of the journey. The "other side" is the mystery of life: complete and intoxicating. Human existence is always struggling between being and becoming. The self preoccupation is strictly human. Life is only complicated when you think about it. I meditate freely on the subject of being and existence. I aim for my work as an artist to illuminate the soul not just please the eye. It's a fundamental distinction for me.
Philippe Benichou is a French-American artist. Born in French occupied Algeria in 1957, his family moved to Nantes, France, when he was just a small child. Philippe comes from a family of artists and began studying painting and art history as a youth with his late mother, artist Arlette Oger. He studied at the Sorbonne University, New York University and UCLA. Philippe formally studied and was greatly encouraged by well known art educator, artist and sculptor, Francis Coelho, in San Francisco, CA. In addition to being a painter, Philippe is a successful actor, voice over artist, director and acting coach in Hollywood. Philippe has worked extensively on the New York stage, soap operas, TV series and films both in the United States and abroad. Hes the original founder of the Hollywood Actors Studio where he teaches and conducts seminars, and lectures since 1989. He continues to study art as it relates to spiritual growth and awakening, creative freedom and his ongoing development as an artist and art educator. Solo Exhibitions and Selected Group Exhibitions:2007-08 MOCA NEW YORK: Museum Of Computer Art Digital Inaugural Exhibit; Sept 3-18, 08; New York, NY (Group) LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art); Snap to Grid Exhibit. October 9th-November 3rd., 2008 (Group) Donnie 2008 New York; MOCA Museum Of Computer Art 8th Annual; New York, NY (Group) On Being Human: Faith, Love & Hope; Johnson Art Collection; Los Angeles, California (Group) Group Exhibit Thionville Art Festival; Thionville; France. November-December (Group) Asia: Then & Now; Johnson Art Collection; Los Angeles, CA (Group Exhibit) La Galerie; Luxembourg Ville, Luxemburg. March-June, 2007 (Group) Coprad-International Productions ; Participation in several European salons in France and Luxembourg.2006 Philippe Benichou: Face to Face; Arthus Gallery; Brussels, Belgium. February 16 April 1, 2006 (Solo) Premire Opening; Hofhaus Gallery; Saarlouis, Germany. May 5th June 5th, 2006 (Group) BMW Group; Niederlassung Saarbrcken, Germany January 11th February 15th; (Solo) Lart de lamiti; La Galerie; Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg; May 3rd- June 5th-, 2006 (Solo) Art Moderne-Art Contemporain; Catherine Charbonneaux Auctioneer; Drouot, Paris (Auction) Philippe Benichou at Galerie Theresa; Zurich, Switzerland. (Solo) Soire entre amis; Vivendi Gallery, 28, Place des Vosges; Paris, May 11th, 2006 (Solo) Digital Art & small works on paper; Hofhaus Gallery; Saarlouis, Germany. June 9th August 31st, 2006 (Solo)2005 LArt de Philippe Benichou; Galerie Theresa; Zurich, Switzerland. October 10 December 11 (Solo) Spiritual Traveler; Vivendi Gallery; Place des Vosges, Paris October 20 - November 4, 2005 (Solo) Le Regard; Galerie Franoise Bolognini; Private Exhibit; Thionville, France. (Solo) BMW Group; Niederlassung Saarbrcken, Germany October 1st November 15; (Solo) Abstraction VIII; Period gallery, International Exhibition; June; Lincoln, NE USA (Group) Rose Art Gallery, Vernantois, France. October 23 - December 31, 2005 (Solo) Petite Expo entre Amis; La Galerie; Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg; July 2005 (Group)2004 Les Amis de la Galerie; La Galerie; Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg; July 2005 (Group) BMW Group; Niederlassung Saarbrcken, Germany Sept. 4-Oct.22, 04; (Solo) Art Moderne-Art Contemporain; Catherine Charbonneaux Auctioneer; December; Drouot, Paris (Auction) Soupe de Couleurs; Galerie Hofhaus; Saarlouis; Germany (Solo Exhibit) Sense of Space; Guests Gallery; May 1 - October 31, 2004 (Group Exhibit) Affaire in the Gardens Fine Art Juried Exhibit; May 2004; Beverly Hills, CA (Group Exhibit) Art Moderne-Art Contemporain; Catherine Charbonneaux Auctioneer; September; Drouot, Paris (Auction) Asia: Then & Now; Johnson Art Collection; Los Angeles, CA (Group Exhibit) Solo Exhibitions and Selected Group Exhibitions continued97 - 03 Freedom: Introducing the Art of Philippe Benichou; Johnson Art Collection; Los Angeles, CA (Solo) Selected Guest Artist: MOCA Museum Of Computer Art; New York, NY (Group Exhibit) Affaire in the Gardens Fine Art Juried Exhibit; October, 2003; Beverly Hills, CA (Group Exhibit) Sensibilities: oil & pastels by Philippe Benichou; Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (Solo) Philippe Benichou: Oil Paintings; St. Barth International Music Festival, St. Barth, French Carabes (Solo) Remembering Le Petit Prince; Maison DeBroff; St. Barth, French Carabes (Solo) Accesing the Creative Realm; Imagine Center, Los Angeles, CA (Solo) New Abstract Artist: Philippe Benichou; Maison DeBroff St. Barth, French Carabes (Solo) Island Impressions: Oils; St. Barth International Music Festival; St. Barth, French Carabes (Solo) Color and Healing; Stages, Inc., Los Angeles, California (Solo) A Passion for Art; Pole House Gallery; Topanga, CA (Solo) Oil Finger Painting Exhibit; Stages, Inc., Los Angeles, California (Solo) International Pastel Exhibition; Ojai Center, Ojai, CA (Group Exhibit) Color and Movement; Galerie Duffier; Santa Monica, CA (Solo) American Contemporary Abstract Art; Open Space Gallery; Asheville, NC Digital Art in Vogue; Art Concepts; New York, NY (Solo) National Pastel Invitational; Open Space Gallery; Asheville, NC (Group) Moonshadows; Pole House Gallery; Topanga, CA (Solo) Truth or Myth; Galerie dArt Contemporain; Gassin, France (Solo)