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Moises Bentata-a “selfmade” artist living in Madrid

Moisés Bentata was born in Ceuta (Spain) in 1963. After finishing his studies in Information Systems at the University of Tel Aviv and exercising his professional career in a multinational company in Spain, he has developed an intense artistic activity simultaneously. He began with a classic training in different art academies and studies run by acclaimed artists from his native town. He currently lives and works in Madrid, focusing his activity on a varied and fruitful artistic creation.

His Sephardic roots provide many of his works with a mystical narrative that deepens in the letter forms and their traces, as well as with a constant concern for their communicative power and impact on our thinking. The wood and its live appearance become an essential element (… almost necessary) in his creations, revealing a vocabulary of signs and shapes in different planes which reiterate as an expressive language of metaphors and feelings in most of his works, fluctuating between textual and figurative.

His three-dimensional imaginations provide his work with depth and tactile dimension, with overlapped planes close to the spectator inviting them to be an active part of his works.

Both the carved wood as a life element and the chromatic simplicity that emanates from his darker palette show an equilibrium constant in all his creations.

The expressive force of the letters and his permanent concern about what they convey and imply in our lives are at the core of the metaphoric language of his art works.

Last March, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports through the Ministry of Culture and the favorable report of the Sephardic Museum of Toledo, accepted the donation to the Spanish State of the artistic work Aleph-Unit author Moisés Bentata . Consequently, the work becomes part of the stable collection of the Sephardic Museum of Toledo and has been available for exhibition at the Museum.

About the Sephardic Museum and in the words of the artist Moisés Bentata: “… the existence of this museum is a sign of tolerance and multicultural coexistence, doing justice to the historical memory that this country has recognized to those who suffered a cruel persecution because of its difference in credo “, in this sense the donation of the work Aleph-Unity, expresses” … my gratitude towards the contribution of the museum to my Sephardic identity and my contribution to its preservation “.

For further information about Moises Bentata you can visit his website www.moisesbentata.com.

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