1973 Graduate Studies in Fine Arts, University of Paris, Paris, France
1972-1973 M.Ed., Temple University, Tyler School of Fine Arts
1971-1972 University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, Graduate Studies
1967-1971 B.F.A . University of Pennsylvania
1966-1970 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Certificate of Fine Arts
Grants & Awards
2016 Artist Equity, First Prize, West Chester University, PA
1996 Award from Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Graphic Art in Printmaking, Philadelphia, PA
1993 The Graphic Arts Inc. Award for Excellence in Prints, Philadelphia Water Color Club, Philadelphia PA
1991 Harry Rockower Memorial Award, presented by the Cheltenham Township Art Center, PA
1985 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Edith Emerson Prize.
1982 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, First Prize
1975 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Fellowship Show, Jury Award
1970 Pacard Price for drawing, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
1964 Allen H. Wetter Award,
Outstanding Artist from the City of Philadelphia
Born in Philadelphia, Pa
Lives & works in Bala Cynwyd, Pa
Bensignor has always rebelled against the current trends.
With a career spanning over 45 years and art work in public, private and museum collections, Bensignor’s focus has intensified over time, moving away from the landscape as an environment and concentrating instead on its hidden symbolic philosophic, and political meaning combined with the complex abstract forms in nature.
It is a way to “cry out” and make a statement about man’s place in our Universe. For the last couple of years, Bensignor has used two panel paintings, perhaps, symbolizing the inside of one’s self. The two sides of the brain, the intellect side and the feeling side, when combined achieve an outside self, a whole vision, or balance.
These painting are intended to fit together or slide open revealing another group of paintings or a video screen. The interacting works are meant to move or be switched about to form more than one composition revealing something new each time. Bensignor uses many layers of lines. Though the process may call up the underused method of pointillism they are ambiguous, and are subject to change in meaning. Go into your head and listen to your heart, feel and interpret what you want. With luck the art will reveal different feelings and meanings each and every time.