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.
eric benetto: in excelsis, cabinet of curiosities, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from january 26th to march 2nd, 2019.
brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, from october 29th to january 16th 2017, musées de belfort, belfort, france. curator christian berst; associated curator brut pop.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, curator : christian berst, from june 18th to february 28th 2017, olivia creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal.
on the wire, curator : jean hubert martin, from april 9th to may 22th 2016, christian berst art brut gallery & jean brolly gallery, paris, france.
soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, from september 12th to october 21th 2015, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, france.
drawing now 2015 - salon du dessin contemporain, from march 25th to 29th 2015, carrousel du louvre, paris, france.
art brut : breaking the boundaries, treger-saint silvestre collection, curator : christian berst, from june 1st to september 11th 2014, olivia creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal.
drawing now 2012 - salon du dessin contemporain, from march 28th to April the 1st, carrousel du louvre, paris, france.
beyond the boundaries, 2011, discoveries & new acquisitions, from september 10th to 18th 2011, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, france.
beyond the boundaries, 2009, discoveries & new acquisitions, from september 11th to october 17th, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, france.
exposition catalogue, eric benetto: in excelsis, christian berst art brut ed., paris 2019.
revue multitudes, n°69, winter, 2017.
visions solidaires pour demain, "le numérique est-il compatible avec le solidaire", n°2, 2017/2018, cognacq-jay fondation, december 2017, pp. 102-103.
exhibition catalog brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, ed. les presses du réel, musées de belfort, belfort, 2017.
exhibition catalog, on the wire, christian berst art brut éd., 2016.
thierry hay, drawing now, 10 ans et en pleine forme, culturebox, paris, 3 mars 2016.
exhibition catalog, soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2015.
exhibition catalog, treger-saint silvestre collection, from June 1st to September 11th, christian berst art brut ed., 2014.
exhibition catalog, arte bruta terra incognita, colecçao treger-saint silvestre, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2012.
exhibition catalog, rentrée hors-les-normes, découvertes & nouvelles acquisitions 2011, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2011.
selective press review
- méditation sous rayons X authors inès boittiaux in beaux-arts, february 13, 2019.
- in pictures : exposition éric benetto authors la rédaction in the art newspaper daily, february 1st, 2019.
- éric benetto : radiographies mystiques authors françois salmeron et juliette soulez in le quotidien de l'art, january 29, 2019.
- les outsiders sortent du ghetto authors armelle malvoisin in beaux arts, october 2018.
- 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.