ABOUT

BENNY DE GROVE

PHOTO BY KAYANE ANTREASSIAN

   Benny De Grove was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1957.  At the flourishing age of 12 Benny got his first camera as a gift from his aunt which awoke his passion for photography, he was instantly taken by the options that photography gave him to express himself . The experiments never ceased since then. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent to learn about the different techniques and possibilities. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1986 both on personal projects and as a commercial photographer and has accomplished many projects in documentary and staged studio photography such as editorial photography for magazines, covers for literary publications, photography for promotional materials for theatre, portraiture, advertisements... etc.  

 

   Benny De Grove is influenced by classical painters such as Rembrandt, Van Eyck and Caravaggio. The latter has particularly influenced the way he uses light. Surrealists such as René Magritte and the symbolic/expressionist works of James Ensor (both lived and worked in Benny’s home country) and filmmakers such as Lynch, Kurosawa and Kubrick as have also been role models in shaping his taste.

 

   Benny uses portraits to create mythical atmospheres, and through these images he tries to arise questions regarding society. The goal of his works is to create a dialogue between him, his work and the spectator. He strives to make this world a better place by underlining the importance of care of nature and spiritual life.

EXHIBITONS

HOMMAGE AAN JEAN-MARIE BOTTEQUIN  

Group Exhibition​ / Zebrastraat - Ghent, Belgium

March 2018

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM 

Group Exhibition​ / Agora Gallery - New York, USA

May 2018

PHOTOGRAPHERS & THEIR VIEW ON EUROPEAN CITIES

Group Exhibition​ / Museum Spazio Tadini - Milan, Italy

June-July 2018

WE CONTEMPORARY - SIDESHOW OF MANIFESTA BIENNALE

Group Exhibition​ / Musa International Art Space - Palermo, Sicily

October 2018

EXHIBITION

Group Exhibition​ / Colorida Gallery - Lisbon, Portugal

November 2018 - January 2019

BELLA

Group Exhibition​ / London, UK

December 2018 - January 2019

NEAPOLITAN TOMBOLA

Group Exhibition​ / Galerie Etienne De Causauns - Paris, France

December 2018 - January 2019

THE POWER OF THE HEART

Group Exhibition​ / Grimandi Art Gallery - New York, USA

February 2019

EXHIBITION

Group Exhibition​ / Rossocinabro Gallery - Rome, Italy

March 2019

KUNST in 't Kasteel

Group Exhibition​ / Sterckshof Antwerpen - Deurne

May 2019

THROUGH YOUR LENS

Group Exhibition​ / Paris -Galerie Etienne de Causans (during Paris Photo)

November 2019

CONFESSIONI

Solo Exhibition / GC Marca : Maarkedal 

Januari 2020

CONFESSIONI

Solo Exhibition / Sint Niklaaskerk : Gent (during the year "OMG Van Eyck was here")

May 2020

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+32 475 64 96 11

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