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Sandra Benhaim

Sandra Benhaim

About the Artist

Sandra Benhaim was always interested in art and in the visual – even when she was very young. Maybe this was sparked by her childhood visits to her father’s Philadelphia sign-making shop, seeing his beautifully rendered sign “sketches,” with their crisply delineated letters and images in vibrant hues. Another inspiration, however, must have been her late uncle’s accomplished pastel self-portrait that hung in the family living room. Perhaps this is what led to Sandra’s early interest in doing representational artwork, particularly portraits, as well as landscapes and still lifes. Pursuing he…

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About the Artist

Sandra Benhaim was always interested in art and in the visual – even when she was very young. Maybe this was sparked by her childhood visits to her father’s Philadelphia sign-making shop, seeing his beautifully rendered sign “sketches,” with their crisply delineated letters and images in vibrant hues. Another inspiration, however, must have been her late uncle’s accomplished pastel self-portrait that hung in the family living room. Perhaps this is what led to Sandra’s early interest in doing representational artwork, particularly portraits, as well as landscapes and still lifes. Pursuing her dreams, she won a full scholarship to the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In addition to her B.A in fine arts, Sandra later returned to Tyler and got an M.Ed. degree.

Lately, Sandra has created purely abstract images that express her passion for nature. She also makes collage paintings and works in oil and oil paintstick on wood panels and canvas. The world around Sandra provides nearly all the inspiration she needs. In trying to express her enthusiasm for nature and all its splendor of color and variety, she employs layers of juxtaposed color, to create a visual energy that fascinates her.

Sandra’s work is about “place” and is landscape-inspired, but it is not a representation of a specific location. The viewer of her artwork are welcome to enter these places through imagination, memory, and reverie.

Artist's Work

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Persian Nougat

By Sandra Benhaim

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King's Blue Structural #2

By Sandra Benhaim

Outer-limits
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Outer Limits

By Sandra Benhaim

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Exploring Ganymede

By Sandra Benhaim

Inner-limits
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Inner Limits

By Sandra Benhaim

Selected Exhibitions

  • Projects Gallery's Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux
    Miami, FL, 2014
  • New Century Artists Gallery
    Chelsea, New York, NY, 2014
  • Christine Fréchard Gallery - Solo Show
    Pittsburgh, PA, 2013
  • Calming Colors, Featured Artist, Commerce Square Offices Lobbies
    Philadelphia, PA, 2010

Press and Accolades

  • M.Hamburg Memorial Award, SPP Galleries, Conshohocken, PA
    2009
  • Third Prize, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    2007

Education

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Studio for Advanced Studies Program
    1997 
  • Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Master of Education
    1973 
  • Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Full Scholarship), B.F.A.
    1968