Mario Benjamin (b. 1964) is a self-taught artist from Port Au-Prince, Haiti. He is known for his hauntingly painted portraits which overflow from the canvas and frame, expressing a poetic lack of control.
Benjamin participated in the Havana and Johannesburg Biennales in 1997, in Sao Paulo in 1998, Venice and Santo Domingo in 2001, Venice again in 2007 and 2011, in Gwangju in South Korea in 2008, Havana in 2009 and Dakar (Dak’Art) in 2010. He has also taken part in numerous collective exhibitions such as Kreyol Factory in la Villette, Paris in 2009, and has frequently shown his work alone in various parts of the world, such as the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington in 2000, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Miami in 2003, the Afronova Gallery in Johannesburg in 2007 or the Botanique in Brussels in 2010. In 2011, he created a memorial to all those who died in the 2010 earthquake in Port Au-Prince on behalf of the Haitian telecommunications company, Digicel.
Mario Benjamin participated in the Artist Talk Close Encounters of the Caribbean Kind on 26 May 2012, in cooperation with Kunsthal KAdE and Framer Framed. Benjamin lives and works in Port-au-Prince.