Mario Benedetti was born in Terni in 1938. He attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. Since 1962 he has been exhibiting in group exhibitions and in one-man shows in galleries and museums in Italy and abroad. He travels frequently operating in European countries, in Brazil and in México. Since the ’70 he has been collaborating with architects. He produced sculptures in various materials, such as cement, terra cotta, glass, iron, bronze, onyx and lead lamina. Since the early ’90, in the field of graphic art he has carried out plates and prints of big dimensions at N. B. Jensen’s workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, at Giorgio Upiglio’s “Grafica Uno” in Milan. He lives in Bergamo and Milan where since 1989 he has held the Professorship of Etching Techniques at the Brera Academy.
When I choose the tools and the working methods referred to the realization of my works, they depend on several circumstances, like the project, the dimension, the genre, or the location of the work. In painting, in sculpturing, in engraving or in drawing, I tend to have a direct contact with the material, and in any case, it is determined by my precise willing and intuition, that is going to influence my choice of the material I’ll use after. In the phase of carrying out my work, often other fortuitousness happens, when no assignable cause carries it on, for me it becomes indispensable to decide how to finalize it and when to end it; all this is going to determinate alternative choices, new ways of proceeding, new materials end tools. …
Mario Benedetti 2014