Benny Bing is a self-taught Toronto based artist of Nigerian descent. His passion for portraiture illuminated through the use of complimenting acrylic hues has built him a great following. His ability to capture the emotion on each of his subjects faces shines through in each piece. CBC named Benny an “influential Black Canadian who is expanding and redefining black representation”.
Benny has shown in 7 major solo shows and several group exhibitions. He has also been shown at major art fairs in Toronto and Miami. He has worked with some of Toronto’s most influential curators, Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Giles Monette, and John Samuels. Benny has produced commissions for notable celebrities like Dave Chappelle, The Weeknd, and Kardinal Offishall.
His works are currently housed at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts, Daniels Corporation Headquarters, The Bartholomew Condominiums, and soon in DuEast Condominiums and The Wyatt Condominiums, the Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Headquarters in Toronto and can be found in private collections worldwide. Benny is an active volunteer serving as a Board member for Toronto Artscape Inc, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to make space for creativity and transform communities.
The act of painting is a conversation between the work and me. My creative output is constantly evolving. Each piece pushes me against limitations and boundaries I've given myself, consciously or unconsciously, inspiring and forcing growth and a break from comfort, allowing exploration of self-discovery and boundless vision.