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   BENJII (Ben Bui | B. 2004 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) is a visual artist currently based in Toronto, Canada.

Indulged in an illustrative style of figurative art with astute virtuosity in acrylic, oil and graphite, he is producing works in visual thematics of surrealism and the hyper-romantic, grappling with the vastness of Eastern and Western influences of experiential culture, image-making, and the sublime. He has received his first grant from the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and is currently completing his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University.

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EDUCATION
     2022 - Ongoing: Drawing and Painting Program Student, OCAD University, 2nd Year.

     2018 - 2022 Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts:

GROUP EXHIBITION

     2023 - “First Self Portrait”. OCAD University

               - "A Breathing Room for the Spirit". OCAD University

     2022 - EDGE: “Youth Art Show”
     

PUBLICATIONS

     2023 - Reed Magazine 157

     2022 - Penguin Publishing Group. Mythotopia: A Dragons and Doodles Coloring Book by VEXX. Featured pages. 

GRANTS and AWARDS

     2023 - Project 31: New Futures Bursary for BIPOC Faculty of Art Students

               - Mary Blair Award for Art

               - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

     2022 - Helen Eisen Scholarship at OCAD University

SPECIAL PROJECTS

     2022 - Nifty Gateway. Blame Game by VEXX. Worked as concept design assistant. 

BENJII wishes to thank The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for its financial support from 2023-2025. 
 

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