Born 1958, Topoľčany, Slovakia

Lives and works in Koriarovce, Nitra and Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

“Graphics is a bizarre trace of an idea, a kind of art in which an artist materializes his idea into a printing matrix. This process takes quite a long time and is technologically demanding. It is alchemy of spirit and matter. The artist must be creative, precise, technically skilled, theoretically proficient and persistent. He must believe that all the effort he puts into the matrix will ultimately prove to be the perfect materialization of his imagination, his fantasy, his legacy which he wants to communicate with. What is unique is that this patiently and arduously created artifact which requires so much intellectual and technical effort will eventually end up in the dark closet of a graphic art and graphic art studio, or be destroyed. Only the imprint of the matrix is exhibited for admiration in the gallery. The solid body disappears in the dark and we only see fragile paper with a trace of ephemeral idea shimmering in bright light… it is a metaphor for man and that is what is amazing about graphics.”



1981-1987       Academy of Fine arts and Design, department of Printmaking and Book Illustration, Bratislava, Slovakia

1990                Scholarship, Centre Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium

1991-2004       Lecturer, Department of Arts Education, University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra, Slovakia

1998                Associate Professor, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia

2001                Head, Graphic Studio of Free Creation, Faculty of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

2010                Lecturer, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland

2003-2011       Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

2009-2011       Author, Trans / Medical Space of Medicine Project, Slovakia

2012-2019       Vice-Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

2015-2016       Lecturer, Faculty of Arts of Jan Dlugosz, University of Czestochowa, Poland

2016                Cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

2016-2019       Vice-Rector, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

2019-               Dean, Faculty of Arts, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Member          Association of Slovak Graphic Artists; Association Hollar, Czech Republic; Society of Scottish Artists


1990, 1994, 1996        Medal, Biennial Ex libris, Malbork, Poland

1995                1st Prize – Kontakt – Grafik ’95, Prague, Czech Republic

1st Prize, The Most Beautiful Post Stamp of the Year 1994, Slovakia

1996                Award of Excellence, The Space Group of Korea, Seoul, South Korea

1999                Silver Medal, 1st International Exhibition of Ex libris and Small Prints, Beijing, China

2000                Award, 5th Triennale Mondiale de l’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale, Chamalières, France

2005                Prize for Graphic Arts, 8th International Biennial, Győr, Hungary

Solo and group exhibitions since 1989 in Europe, South Korea, China, Canada, USA etc.

His artistic creation includes painting, printmaking, especially in serigraphy, etching and mezzotint, book illustrations, ex libris, drawing and postage stamp design /author of 27 postage stamps issued by Slovak Post/.


facebook: Igor Benca//e-mail: benca@aku.sk

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