Mario Benjamin was born in 1964 in Port au Prince, to a family of working professionals (his mother was a pharmacist and his father an architect). Mario is one of Haiti’s leading contemporary artist. Using video and multi-media, painting, installation and other mixed media he addresses issues of identify, ethnicity, and race. As an artist, he aims to challenge preconceived notions of the driving influences and interests of Haitian artists. Benjamin self taught but frequented museums in New York, Washington D.C., and abroad exposing him to international contemporary trends in art. In 1984, he participated in Festival Arts d’Haiti and since then he has represented Haiti in numerous prestigious biennials including Johannesburg, Havana, Sao Paulo, and Venice in 2001. He lives and works in Haiti.