Benedict works with different media including painting, photography, embroidery and sculpture. He uses stylistic conventions common in decorative arts or illustrations.
Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He exhibits in NY since 1993. His work is included in several permanent collections as in the Museum of Art of Dallas, the Modern Art Museum of San Francisco, the FRAC of Picardie of Amiens or the MOMA of New York.
Benedict works inside the realistic figuration tradition. The characters of his work are strongly inspirited by literature, mythology and art history. Benedict’s images achieve a new dimension across contemporary portraits which move into to a world full of mystery and a reinterpretation of ancients myths and tales.
Some of the pictures, e.g. “The Mystic”, were based on photographs found by the artist in flee markets. In other cases, the characters are contemporary, and even friends of the artist as in “The tatoo parlor”. The main figure is being tatued with the “Wandered”, an ancient whale hunting ship which sunk in 1924, the character of the picture is also one of the owners of the mailing ship “The Augusta” which appears in another picture crossing the death island.
And because of that, Benedict’s work has a remarkable influence in literature, where he has known how to put together reality and fiction. He is an artist of realism with magical tints that move between the history and legends with an iconography plenty of corsaires, shipwrecks, clairvoyants, and many more. All this inside one aesthetic with post-pop influences and very close to the comic and the still-frames of cinema, Matthew offers us a world with a powerfull presence which writes its fragments of his pictorial universe.”