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.

Petra graduated from Sonoma State University in northern California with a degree in Humanistic Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy. After graduating she 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. 

Petra relocated to Amsterdam in 2011 where she established exposingARTS, which allows 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.