Born in Turin, Maria Rosa Benso started painting under Margherita Carena, who belonged to the school of the Italian painter Felice Casorati. In the 1970s, she showed her work at group exhibitions.

Meanwhile, she graduated in English language and literature. Subsequently, she specialized in American literature, linguistics and semiotics, and studied Chinese, Arabic and Kiswahili languages and started working with multinational organizations as a language training consultant. For two decades she travelled regularly to many European countries as well as to North and South America and China and had continuous direct contact with other cultures. This allowed her to widen her knowledge of new artistic languages, ranging from the Arabic and Chinese arts of calligraphy to the American Action Painting.

In 1992, she definitively returned to painting and that has been her main activity since 1998.

Intensified relationships with foreign artists, mainly from the USA, led her to develop contacts with artists and curators from MoMA, Museumof Modern Art, New York.

In 2011 she joined the Post Millennium New York School (PMNYS), a group of independent artists connected with MoMA, New York.

In January 2018, MoMA, at their New York Gallery, inaugurated a group slideshow of works by students from their courses. One of her studies on Robert Ryman was exhibited on that occasion.

Maria Rosa Benso lives and works in Turin, Italy.


Maria Rosa Benso is a member, among others, of:
APA, Associazione Piemonte Arte, Turin
PMNYS, Post Millennium New York School, international group of independent artists connected to MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.


Maria Rosa Benso’s works are to be found in private and public collections in Italy, France, Great Britain and the USA.