Born in Turin, Maria Rosa Benso started painting under Margherita Carena, who belonged to the school of the Italian painter Felice Casorati. From 1968 to 1972, she showed her work at group exhibitions.

In 1974 she graduated in English language and literature. Subsequently, she specialized in American literature, linguistics and semiotics, and studied Chinese, Arabic and Kiswahili languages.

At the end of the 1970s she 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.

Traveling and having continuous direct contact with other cultures allowed her to widen her knowledge of new artistic languages, ranging from the Arabic and Chinese arts of calligraphy to the American Action Painting.

Long accumulated images and experiences over these years finally coalesced drawing her back to art again.
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.

From 2010, she became more and more active in solo and group shows, as well as in study and research activities. She participated in courses such as those of MoMA on Action Painting and on Collage techniques (2011-2012).
Furthermore, in those from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore on the study of symmetry in modern and ancient art (2014).

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

In 2015, along with 315 artists from all over the world, she participated in the International Arts Contest launched by the “Satellite Collective”, an art incubator based in the USA.
The resulting online exhibition had wide press coverage, notably in the New York Times and in other international newspapers and magazines.

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 of:
APA, Associzione Piemonte Arte, Turin
Circolo degli Artisti, Turin
Piemonte Artistico Culturale, 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 and in private collections in France, Great Britain and the USA.