Christopher Benson was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1960 and grew up in nearby Newport. From 1975 to 1979 he attended and graduated from the Woodstock Country School in South Woodstock, Vermont—an alternative arts-friendly prep school co-founded by a former teacher from the Black Mountain School. Benson studied representational and modern painting and art history at Woodstock with painters William B. Hoyt and Peter Devine. After graduating, he was accepted and enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design where he majored in painting until withdrawing from the program at the end of his Junior year and studying independently for three years in New York City. He later finished his undergraduate degree at RISD at the invitation of department head David Frazer. In his final year there, Benson studied contemporary painting with painters David Frazer, Richard Merkin and Kevin Zucker, and read art history and critical writing with art historian and conceptual artist Christopher K. Ho.

Benson lived and worked for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Santa Fe New Mexico where he and his family have lived since 2006. He is a two time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner painting fellowship grant, has exhibited nationally for over 40 years, and has work in private and museum collections throughout the northeastern, southwestern and west coast regions of the United States.


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