Born in 1977 in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Mauricio Benega moved to New Zealand in 2004 and now lives and works as a full time artist in Hastings.

Mauricio graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Visual Arts & Computer Graphics in 2001 at University of Tuiuti Parana, Brazil. He has also completed a Post-Graduation in School Administration & Visual Arts in 2004 at FAE Business School in Curitiba, Brazil and a Diploma of Visual effects & Motion Graphics in 2009 at Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand.

Working from his studio based in Hastings, he opened a business called Studio Benega Ltd, a creative company dealing with creative art projects. Such as, exhibitions, murals, workshops, illustrations, design, commissions and of course paintings.

He believes knowing more techniques and tools helps with the creative process. Working on different projects and experimenting, is a good way to keep yourself fresh and inspired.

Mauricio's work can be found in collections in NZ, Brazil, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Bali and Singapore

He has participated in 30 Art and Comic contests around the world.

  • 7 awards for painting, design and story board.
  • 12 solo exhibitions.
  • 11 group exhibitions
  • 10 art fairs
  • 3 art bienal - Napier, Invercargill and Hastings
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