photo courtesy of Alan Nguyen

Petra Ann Benach

Studio: Broedplaats ACTA 


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Watch her latest talk for Creative Mornings. 

For other work see Foundations,  Installations and ARTsy WORDS. Follow Petra on Facebook and Tumblr for her current musings. "To know me is to really know my grandmother, Sophie Forsman, who taught me to say yes." 



Petra makes art.

Petra Benach (pea-trah, pie-trah) is a self-taught mixed media artist from California. She began painting and drawing at the age of 13. As a straight "A" student she excelled in math, creative writing and art. Though she started college as a math major, Petra continued studying art as well as exploring anthropology and women's studies. She left college after a difficult time adjusting to her Grandfather's death, it was during this time that she began to paint more regularly.

When she decided to return to school to finish her degree, Petra chose to attend Sonoma State University for its contribution to the field of psychology. There she studied Humanistic Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy. She focused heavily on exploring the link between emotions and art. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999.

In late 1999, Petra moved to San Francisco and began studying painting with artist Glenn Hirsh through UC Berkeley. In 2002 she rented her first studio space in Dog Patch while working as an accounting consultant. She continued to explore painting as she grew her business and also studied QiGong, attended Burning Man annually, got certified to practice acupressure, got married/divorced/married and then finally moved away from home in 2011.

In her new life in Amsterdam, Petra launched a consultancy business, exposingARTS, which allowed her to be surrounded by amazing artists and the galleries/people that support them. 

If you're in town, contact her for a visit to the studio.