(* 1958, Topoľčany, SK) Igor Benca studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1981-1987 under supervision of Albín Brunovský. Since 1991 he has been working…
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(* 1958, Topoľčany, SK) Igor Benca studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1981-1987 under supervision of Albín Brunovský. Since 1991 he has been working as a university lecturer, currently as the head of the studio of free production, Department of Graphics at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.

In the field of art, he focuses on graphic design, painting, book illustration, stamp design and artistic realizations in architecture. He is the author of 10 stamps issued by the Slovak Post. Igor Benca is a member of the Association of Graphic Artists of Slovakia, co-founder and member of the Association of Artists of the Nitra Region N´89 and G-BOD, and co-author and co-organizer of several art events. He regularly participates in domestic and foreign exhibitions.

The work of Igor Benca has come out of the context of Brunovsky's graphic school. The author works with a figurative motif whose anthropomorphic nature changes in the process of creation to a technical character. His recent work is also linked to current neoabstract tendencies. Part of the author's concept is the illusion of light and transparency, for which he uses the mezzotint technique. The work of Igor Benca may seem depressing at first glance, but it basically contains irony reflecting the various paradoxes of the era, especially shifted social values ​​and unethical social events.


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Benca Igor

Benca Igor

(* 1958, Topoľčany, SK) Igor Benca studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1981-1987 under supervision of Albín Brunovský. Since 1991 he has been working as a university lecturer, currently as the head of the studio of free production, Department of Graphics at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.

In the field of art, he focuses on graphic design, painting, book illustration, stamp design and artistic realizations in architecture. He is the author of 10 stamps issued by the Slovak Post. Igor Benca is a member of the Association of Graphic Artists of Slovakia, co-founder and member of the Association of Artists of the Nitra Region N´89 and G-BOD, and co-author and co-organizer of several art events. He regularly participates in domestic and foreign exhibitions.

The work of Igor Benca has come out of the context of Brunovsky's graphic school. The author works with a figurative motif whose anthropomorphic nature changes in the process of creation to a technical character. His recent work is also linked to current neoabstract tendencies. Part of the author's concept is the illusion of light and transparency, for which he uses the mezzotint technique. The work of Igor Benca may seem depressing at first glance, but it basically contains irony reflecting the various paradoxes of the era, especially shifted social values ​​and unethical social events.

AWARDS /selection/

1989 - Medal at XIII. Bienale Ex libris in Malbork (PL)
1994 - Medal for the best Ex libris collection at the XV. Biennial in Malbork (PL)
1995 - 1st prize Inter - Contakt - Grafik 95 in Prague (CZ), 1st prize in the poll for the most beautiful stamp of the year (SK), Mayor of Bratislava Prize at the 1st Ex libris Triennial (SK)
1996 - Award of Excellence, International Biennial of Small Graphics, Seoul (KR)
1997 - Honorable Mention for 7th VII. International Biennial of Small Graphic Forms and Ex Libris, Ostrów Wielkopolski (PL)
1998 - Special Jury Prize at the International Triennial of Exlibris, Bratislava (SK)
1999 - Silver Medal at the 1st World Small Press Exhibition, Bejing (CN)
2000 - Honorable Mention at the 5th Triennial of Small Formats, Chamaliéres (FR)
2004 - Austrian Exlibrist Society Award (AT)
2005 - Honorable Mention at the 8th International Biennial of Graphics (HU)