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 Benjamin Canas  (1937 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: El Salvador      Known for: surrealist figure painting

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Benjamin Canas is considered one of El Salvador's most important artists. His works are greatly influenced by surrealism. Cañas often uses juxtapositions of carefully modeled and cartoon-like figures to produce a whimsical and sometimes frightening atmosphere. The artist has exhibited his works in his native country and the united states.

Benjamí­n Cañas studied painting at the Fine Arts School of San Salvador and architecture at the National University, in San Salvador. The artist also studied sculpture with Enrique Salaverria and Benjamin Saul, and ceramics with César Sermeño. His works have been exhibited in international museums including the OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Many of his paintings and drawings are Surrealist.

The artist's recent solo exhibitions include 1999 Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; 1992 Elites Fine Arts, Miami, Florida;1989 Art Museum of the Americas ( retrospective ), Washington, D.C.;1988 Museum Forma (posthumous tribute), San Salvador , El Salvador ;1980 Galeria Arte 80, Panamí¡ City, Panamí¡. Cañas' group exhibitions include 1999 Elites Fine Art, Miami, Florida; Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, Florida; CDS Gallery, New York City, New York;1998 Del Barrio Museu

1980 Janus Gallery, Washington D.C.
1980 Washington World Gallery, EUA.
1980 80 Gallery 80, Panamá
1990 Forma Gallery, Miami, Florida, EUA.
1999 Valanti Gallery, San José, Costa Rica


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