Created and Sold by Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin
Paintings by Siona Benjamin seen at The MC Hotel, Autograph Collection, Montclair - Montclair Shangri-La

Montclair Shangri-La

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I live between Anderson and Edgemont parks in Montclair NJ, known for its Olmstedian curvilinear pathways. My training is in eastern and western techniques and therefore inspired partly by the tradition of Indian miniature paintings, I have rendered the trees and foliage in this style. I have researched the history of Montclair and I will be highlighting this in my six paintings for the six floors of the hotel.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Monsoon Blue Night and Pink Night are the works that will showcase seven versions of one scene. The egret that visits Edgemont park flaunts its feathers and deer shyly peek out of the bushes. The mighty Oak tree in Anderson park makes an appearance as does the train tracks and park pathways that wind their way across the canvases.
Find butterflies, dragon flies, frogs and birds and loose yourself in the magical parks of Montclair Shangri-La!!
These color filled works are located in the lobby and 6 more floors of the hotel.

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Siona Benjamin

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Blue Like Me

As a Bene Israel Jew from India now living in the United States, I am a Jewish artist creating cross-cultural and transcultural art. My perspective bridges the traditional and the modern, and sparks discourse across cultures.
My family gradually dispersed, mostly to Israel and America, but my parents remained in India. I still recall the ornate synagogues of my Bombay childhood: the oil lamps, the velvet-and-silver-covered Torahs, a chair left vacant for the prophet Elijah. Having grown up in a Hindu and Muslim society, educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, raised Jewish in India, and now calling America home, I have always had to reflect on cultural boundary zones.
So while I am a Jewish artist, my perspective remains transcultural and multicultural at heart. I combine the imagery of my past with the role I play in America today, making a mosaic inspired by illuminated manuscripts and multicultural mythology.
Many blue-skinned characters populate my paintings. This self-portrait of sorts takes on many roles through which I explore ancient and contemporary dilemmas. These characters enact their stories – often recycling myths from various cultures and religions — becoming symbols of a timeless global identity free of prejudices and boundaries.