Born in 1969 in Lisbon, Portugal, from Spanish and French cultures, Gonzalo Benard soon start spending his life in museums and art galleries by his father's hand. Having classes while teenager with some masters of fine arts like sculpture, painting, photography, ceramic, design and drawing, he soon developed his eye-mind-hand and the need of creating become vital.
After finishing his studies, Benard started working in art galleries and cultural centres like the Cultural Centre of Belem, the main one in Lisbon, or coordinating the editorial of the Portuguese representation in Venice Biennial in 1995, invited by the Minister of Culture who gave Benard a public honour for his work.
G. Benard went then to Himalayas to spend some time studying in school monasteries of painting and philosophy (Nepal/Tibet).
Back in Portugal, in 2000, Benard started then exhibiting his paintings and drawings worldwide, from Lisbon to L.A. (see CV), while being awarded several times in national and international contests, with his drawings or photographs.
He then moved to Barcelona, in 2002, where he started using photography as his main medium of creating. With more exhibitions, in London, Barcelona, Lisbon, etc, Benard moved in 2012 to Paris where he now lives and works.
Sometimes still using his first Camera, an Asahi Pentax that he used for his very first solo show in an art gallery, with 13yo, (Galeria Quadrum) in Lisbon, he now mostly shoot in digital, being always an innovator in mediums, using also webcams or satellite connections.
Gonzalo Benard's artworks can be seen worldwide in private and public art-collections as for example PT Telecom, Serralves Foundation or Sir Elton John's; published in several art blogs and art magazines such as EYEMAZING, Gestalten editions and Thames & Hudson, having also 3 more books published as author's editions.
Studied with several fine art masters from fine art school (painting, classical drawing, sculpture, engraving) and took engraving and photography courses since young age, parallel to his regular studies.
Studied history of arts, painting and photography.
Studied for 3 years in a Buddhist monastery school of painting and philosophy in Nepal
Maio 2018 - "Vortex", Espaço Chiado, Lisbon
November 2017 - "Monochromatic Landscapes" Walnuts Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.
April/May 2017 - "Meditations on Skin and stones", Gallery Walnuts Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.
Jan/Feb 2017 - "Landscapes of Memories", painting, drawing, photography, Foundation Portugal Telecom, Lisbon
June/Sept 2016 - "Anamnesis", painting, drawing, photography at Foundation Lapa do Lobo, Portugal
May/July, 2014 - "The Imaginairy Beings", based on the book by Jorge Luis Borges, at Cultural Center of Cascais, Portugal
Sept 2013 - "Post Mortem", at Gallery la Petite Mort, Ottawa, Canada
Nov 2013 - "Oneness", at Pick Pocket Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Nov 2013 - "Post Mortem", at La Perrera, Santiago, Chile