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Mark Benkert

212 E Aliso St
Ojai, CA 93023, U.S.A.
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Phone: 916 205 4777     Fax: 805 640 1090

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Mark Benkert comes from a legacy of German metal craftsmen.  His own musings started as far back as he can remember, tinkering in his father’s metal shop.  During and after art school, Mark designed signs for buildings for a living, a season that allowed him to hone both symbolic and engineering instincts that inform his present day work as a sculptor and a climbing wall builder. 

Mark’s sculptures—though highly abstracted—draw significant inspiration from everyday images—letters, iconic forms and shapes enjambed with an engineering posture that reflects a concern for organic support and balance.  Heavy-gauge steel provides a raw, unfinished medium that under girds the “engineered” appearance.  Counterpoint runs through the body of his work.  Although resembling the heavy elements of construction, Mark’s sculptures welcome a sense of play in his choice of imagery and elicits deeply human responses—delight, surprise, hope, joy—in the themes he draws inspiration from—the role of family in our lives and the experience of spirituality.

Calder’s “Stabile” works have long informed on Mark’s approach, inviting viewers to engage with the structural forms and experience 360 degrees of perspective; the viewer’s mobility increases the impact of the work in the round.

A local Californis artist, Mark has works installed in locations throughout the United States. Some of his accomplishments have been:

  • BFA Florida Atlantic University
  • Ackerberg Sculpture Garden- S. Florida
  • Best in Show, Hollywood Creates- S. Florida
  • California Structural Steel Licensed Contractor # 740767
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector
  • Owner/Operator- Sculptural Steel (architectural signage)
  • Owner/Operator- Brothers Benkert (climbing wall structures)
  • Sacramento public art comission