Steve DiBenedetto, Conversation Over Baguette


I look at painting as an excursion into the nexus of the endless possibilities that may still exist there, coupled with the doubt that comes from the longstanding critical apparatus that claims painting is in fact dead. I do not take this as a negative situation at all. I find the pathos around painting is rather liberating. Concurrently, as a bid towards escaping the rhetoric that tends to discuss painting in formal and aesthetic terms (ones I was more or less educated by), I have tried to energize the proceedings by embracing themes coming from the dusty corners of various subcultures– paranormal conditions, UFO lore, and psychedelic concerns– all rendered with a healthy dose of disregard for pictorial logic.
Artwork Info
Date 2018
Dimensions 68 x 50 inches
Medium Oil on linen
Artist Info
Born Bronx, NY
Works New York, NY


1958 Born in Bronx, New York. 1979 Fellowship at Yale University Norfolk Summer Program for Music and Art. 1980 BFA, Parsons School of Design. AWARDS: 1999 Residency at Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny; 2002 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award; 2003 Rosenthal Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Fellowship Award; 2015 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence; 2018, 2019 American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellow. RECENT SOLO SHOW: 2021 Cows In Field, The National Exemplar Gallery, Feb1st-Apr 10, Iowa City, Iowa; 35 Drawings, Academie Conti, Vosne Romanee, Burgundy, France; 2018 Toasted With Everything, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY; 2017 Novelty Mapping Picnic, Cherry and Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 2016 Pre Linguistic Granola, Half Gallery, New York; 2015 Evidence of Everything, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT Mile High Psychiatry, Derek Eller Gallery, NY; 2014 Konstructshuns, Half Gallery , NY; 2013 Information, National Exemplar.