When Eric Benetto came across a poster for an exhibition of works by the miner and visionary artist Augustin Lesage in 1989, he instinctively grasped that this would be a way for him to draw on his own meditative practice to shape and transmit his visions. His encounter with Abbé Coutant, who became a painter at the prompting of Gaston Chaissac, confirmed him in his belief that he, too, belonged to the same artistic family. He continued drawing and, between trips to India, worked at a variety of jobs, from mending roads and carrying out opinion polls by telephone to guarding a chemical plant. His works, suffused with subdued mysticism, are fascinating in their constant hesitation between the surface form of a stain and the canon of voices chanting the bewitching melody of his Cosmic Songs and Love Songs.
For several years, Eric Benetto has lived as a recluse in a religious community near Lyon but has spent his time gathering and drawing on found X-ray and MRI scans. His ink drawings contain traces of mysticism, reinvented and poeticized organs, and conjured diseases. Occasionally his drawings approach 1.5 meters.
Eric Benetto literally calls forth light to reveal the deep mystery of his compositions.
His works have been acquired by major collections including the Treger-St Silvestre collection in Portugal ; a selection was displayed at the Vieira da Silva museum in spring 2012 as part of a major exhibition on Art Brut and related concepts.
"brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies" from October 29th to January 16th 2017, Musées de Belfort, Belfort.
"Art brut : a story of individual mythologies", oeuvres de la collection Treger Saint Silvestre, Oliva Creative Factory, 18th june until 28th february 2017, São João da Madeira.
"on the wire" from April 9th to May 22th, 2016, by Jean-Hubert Martin, christian berst art brut gallery & Jean Brolly gallery, Paris.
"soit 10 ans, états intérieurs" from September 12th to October 21th, 2015, gallery christian berst art brut, Paris.
Salon du dessin contemporain - Drawing now 2015, from March 25th to 29th, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
"Art brut : Breaking the boundaries, Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection", from June 1st to September 11th, 2014 curator : Christian Berst, Olivia Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Porto
Salon du dessin contemporain - Drawing now 2012, March 28th to April the 1st, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
"beyond the boundaries,2011, discoveries & new acquisitions" from September 10th to 18th, gallery christian berst art brut, Paris.
"beyond the boundaries, 2009, discoveries & new acquisitions", from September 11th to October 17th, gallery christian berst art brut, Paris.
On the wire, exhibition catalogue (09/04/2016- 22/05/2016. christian berst art brut & Jean Brolly gallery), Paris , Christian Berst Art Brut, 2016
Drawing Now, 10 ans et en pleine forme,Thierry Hay, Culturebox (30/03/2016), Paris, 2016
Soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, exhibition catalogue (09/12-10/10/2015, christian berst art brut), Paris, christian berst art brut, 2015
Exhibition catalogue "Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection",from June 1st to September 11th, 2014, Porto, Olivia Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, ed. galerie christian berst art brut, Paris
arte bruta terra incognita, colecçao Treger-Saint Silvestre (catalogue d'exposition, fondation Arpad Szenzes – Viera Da. Silva, Lisbon, 20 april - 23 September 2012, curator : Christian Berst), Paris, ed. christian berst art brut, 2012.
Rentrée hors-les-normes, découvertes & nouvelles acquisitions 2011 (catalogue d’exposition, galerie christian berst, 10 au 28 sept. 2011), Paris, galerie christian berst, 2011.
selective press review
- L'art brut sort de l'ombre authors Catherine Robet in vivre le territoire n°167, november 2016.
- Drawing Now : 10 ans et en pleine forme authors Thierry Hay in Culturebox, March 30, 2016.
- Drawing Now passe le cap des 10 ans authors Fanny Drugeon in L'Objet d'art, March 2016.
- retour du carrousel authors in animula vagula, April 8 2012.
- Radiographié authors in Arts Magazine, March 2012.
- galeries une rentrée authors lunettes rouges in amateur d'art par lunettes rouges, September 22 2011.
- Une rentrée hors les normes 2009 authors Bénédicte Philippe in Télérama sortir, September 30th.
- une rentrée hors les normes pour Christian Berst authors in Le poignard subtil, September 6th 2009.