Sandra Benhaim

Studio & Gallery

P.O. Box 56155 Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Sandra Benhaim is a painter working in oil, mixed media, and collages on canvas, wood panels, and paper. She earned a BFA (on a full-paid four year scholarship) and later an M.Ed, from Temple’s Tyler School of Art. After working representationally for years, she now creates mainly abstract images, often expressing these in unabashed, exuberant color. She has exhibited nationally from Washington state to New York to Florida. Sandra’s paintings are in public collections such as PNC Headquarters Tower in Pittsburgh, PA; Mondrian Investments (Philadelphia office); Bryn Mawr Dermatology offices in Villanova, PA; RCCB LLC Law offices collection, Conshohocken, PA. Philadelphia’s Del Frisco’s Grille commissioned a 96”H x 78”W canvas painting, which was installed in November 2018.

Artist's Statement

My paintings and collages are about place, and they take inspiration from landscape, but are not a representation of any specific location. For some time now, many of my images have been purely abstract, expressing in unabashed, exuberant color my enthusiasm for the natural world. I have also begun to investigate collage much more fully, by creating works on paper and other surfaces.  My paintings and collages result from a rather intuitive process, and they are built up layer upon layer, with varied colors, expressive strokes of paint, and textured materials. This procedure allows the gradual, but ultimately triumphant, emergence of my art. My artwork welcomes viewers to “enter” these “worlds” by imagination, memory, and reverie.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Solo Exhibition, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Solo Exhibition, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Abstract Paintings, InLiquid at the Courtyard by Marriott, Philadelphia, PA

Mixed Media Paintings, Christine Fréchard Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Calming Colors, Commerce 1 & 2, Philadelphia, PA

Mixed Media Paintings, Balance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Benhaim and Brunner, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational Exhibition

Spring Painting Show, Abstract Expressions Contemporary Art Gallery, Mt. Holly, NJ
Invitational Exhibition

Artists' Equity 70th Anniversary Members' Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Juried Exhibition

Visual Democracy, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Color Explosion, Salus University, Elkins Park, PA
Juried Exhibition
Curator: Elynne Rosenfeld

Transforming Jazz, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Leroy Johnson

Square Foot Art Basel Miami Four, Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Painting Exhibition, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA
Invitational Exhibition

In-VISIBLE, Point Park University Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Juror: John Carson

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Elizabeth Osborne

HOME: GoggleWorks 2013 Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Juror: Genevieve Coutroubis

Diverse Horizons/em>, Widener University, Chester, PA
Curator: Valetta

Three-Person Fall Exhibition, The Gallery of Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Wynnewood, PA
Invitational Exhibition

Inliquid’s 10th Anniversary @ URBN, The Gallery at 543, Philadelphia, PA

*List of exhibitions prior to 2009 can be viewed on

Artist's Bibliography

Wong, Wilson, “A.I.R. At New Century Gallery,” Gallery & Studio, Vol 16 No. 5, p.15

ABstract EXpressions Contemporary Art Gallery (Mt. Holly, NJ),” An Art Museum A Week

Donohoe, Victoria, “ARTsisters member’ show at Tyme,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 20, 2008

Professional Experience

1968 – 1986
Art Specialist Teacher, School District of Philadelphia

Selected Public Collections and Awards

Large-scale (96" x 78") painting commissioned by Del Frisco's Grille, Philadelphia, PA

AtlantiCare Foundation

Three Paintings selected for permanent installation at the PNC Tower in Pittsburgh, PA

Collection of Mondrian Investment Partners Limited, London and Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Honorable Mention, 146th Annual Small Oils Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Third Prize, Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Merit Award, Art Of The Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Studio for Advanced Studies Program

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
M. Ed.

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA

Workshops and Post-Baccalaureate

2012 - Present
Periodic Workshops & Critiques with Moe Brooker, Christine Lafuente, Stuart Shils & Ken Kewley