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Andrew
Benyei

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Born in 1949, Andrew Benyei developed an early interest in the arts and began sketching and carving in his youth. During high school, he taught art at the Royal Ontario Museum, the YMCA and summer camps. Following graduation from the University of Toronto and working as a professional engineer and manager, Benyei continued to explore his talent as he attended and graduated from the Ontario College of Art. In 1990, after a shifting of personal priorities, he decided to concentrate on his artistic career.

Benyei’s expressive contemporary sculpture explores the human condition and, in his words “are personal emotional responses to the intricate and complex interactions of people whose expectations have been tempered by life.” Most are anecdotal in a way which invites exploration of a possible underlying story, and many reflect the ups and downs of life in the kind of large organizations where Benyei spent much of his career. He displays an endearing empathy with the subjects he portrays and his interpretation is excitingly fresh and new. Benyei articulates his forms through a variety of media, including bronze, fibreglass, clay, and resin and his training as an engineer reveals itself within the composition and structure of the work, as each shows a precise, calculated point of balance and a disciplined and uncluttered energy.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Leap of Faith, The Alexander Gallery, Toronto. 2007
Recent Sculpture and Painting, Brush gallery, Toronto 2005
Summer, The Peterson Gallery, Toronto, 2003
Body and Soul, City Sculpture School and Studio Gallery, Toronto, 2001
Off Balance, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto 1999
Common Interest, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto 1997
Kisplasztikak, Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1996
Back on Bay Street, Sculpture Society of Canada Gallery, Toronto, 1995
A Leap of Faith, Alexander Gallery, Toronto, 1994
Change, Scarborough Consilium, Scarborough, 1993
Spring in the City, Edwards Gardens, Toronto, 1991
Premiere, Toronto, 1990

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

The Peterson Gallery, Toronto 2003, 2002
Figuratively Speaking, Canadian Sculpture Centre, 2002
The Art of Hungarian Canadians, Toronto and Budapest, 2001 and 2003
The North American Sculpture Exhibition, Colorado, 1998
Miniatures ‘98, Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico, 1998, 1999
San Angelo Ceramics Competition, Texas, 1998
Ontario Society of Artists, 125th Anniversary Tour, 1997
Andrew Benyei, Diana Paul Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, 1996
Fletcher Ceramics Exhibition, New Zealand, 1994
Trinity; Three Person Sculpture Exhibition, Aird Gallery, Toronto, 1994
Biennale nationale de ceramique, cross Canada tour, 1994-1995 Perry House, Virginia, 1994
The Canadian Figure, Nancy Poole's Studio, Toronto, 1993
Sculptor's Society of Canada: 65th Anniversary Exhibition, cross Canada tour, 1993
Ontario Society of Artists Juried Exhibition, 2000, 1998, 1995,1993, 1992, 1991
Look '92, Lambton Gallery, Sarnia, 1992
Works on Paper, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, 1992, 1991
Historic Harbour Exhibition, Marine Museum, Toronto, 1991, 1995

SELECTED AWARDS

Purchase Award: Varley gallery, Markham 2005
People’s Choice Award, Arts Etobicoke, 1997
Juror’s Choice Award, Sculpture Society of Canada Exhibition, 1995
Zigfried Jurevskis Memorial Award for Sculpture, 1994 Award for Sculpture, Colour & Form Society, 1993
Convex Systems Award, Scarborough Arts Council Exhibition, 1993
Scarborough Arts Council Award, 1992
Peoples Choice Award, “ Look 92”,
Sarnia, 1992

MEMBERSHIPS

Ontario Society of Artists, Society of Canadian Artists, Sculptor's Society of Canada

SELECTED MEDIA

“The Art of Hungarian Canadians”, Duna Television, Hungary, October 2002
“Andrew Benyei: An Artists’s Double Life” Muskoka Sun, August 2002
“Andrew Benyei: Portrait”, Dancs Rozsa, 2000
“Toronto Living”, Rogers Cable, June and November, 1997,1999
“Live Eye”; City TV, Toronto 1996 “Musza” Arts Program by Hungarian National Television, Budapest, 1996
ESPACE; Fall 1994, The Sculptors’ Society of Canada Art Focus magazine;
Summer 1994, “ Mixed Metaphors” by Rick Kardonne Forest Hill Town Crier;
February 1994 and June 1995, article by Malcolm Kelly Capital News;
Kelowna, BC, December 23, 1993, “Sculpture Show Offers Rare Opportunity”
Surface and Symbol;
Scarborough, May 1993,
Umbrella; Belleville, May/June 1993
Scarborough Mirror; September 18/19, 1993, “ Benyei’s Art Show at Exhibit” by Anne Vis
CIUT Radio, 1992, 1995, 1999 by Jody Glaser
Rogers Cable 10 TV, 1993 by Gillian Roos Markovitz
CHIN Radio, 1991 by Kati Rekai

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Airboss of America Corp.
Atchison and Denman
Aspen Technology Canada Inc.
BDP
Bayview Glen School
S.D. Bulte, M.P.
CAAT Pension Fund
CAIFA Commins, Wingrove Marketing
The Continental Group
DDS-Harris
EDS Canada
The Enns Partners
First Service Corporation
Fraser and Milner
Franchise Company
Gibraltar Wealth Management
Gilliland Gold Young Consulting Inc.
Insight Business Consultants
Insite Institute
Integra Capital
Interac Lovas Stanley/Paul Ray Berndtson
MacAuley, Shiomi, Howson Mainstream Access Corporation McKinsey and Company
Marketing Solutions, Inc. Mossop, Cornelissen & Associates
Senator Vivienne Poy
Stuart Investment Management Sunnybrook Medical Centre
Templeton Management Univ. Of Cape Breton Art Gallery
Varley Gallery, Markham
Wentworth Property Management
Xycorp, Inc.

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