Paul Stephen Benjamin
“Paul Stephen Benjamin’s haunting video-sculpture based on the refrain ‘Black is the color of my true love’s hair’ by Nina Simone continues to stay with me—the repetition and obsessive dwelling on these words evoked by a sea of outdated monitors seem to loop and phase for all of time in my mind.” – Aram Moshayedi, Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Paul Stephen Benjamin received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA from Georgia State University. Last spring, Benjamin mounted the solo exhibition Come Over at The Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta, GA, and his video installation Black is the Color was exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. His work has been on exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in the Exquisite Corpse and the Coloring exhibitions. He was also featured in the group exhibition Emerging Artist Award Winners 15th Year Retrospective Exhibition at The Swan Coach House. Among his awards to date are the Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Diasporal Rhythms Artists Recognition Award, Hambidge Fellowship, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program, and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award.