Juan Andrés Milanes Benito

Juan Andrés Milanes Benito (b. 1978) earned a MFA from The National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, 2009. He was born in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, and lives and works in Oslo. Milanes Benito’s work is characterized by his social, political, and environmental commentary. He also uses the technique of precise casting, a process that forms part of the narrative of his work. The act of copying and imitation refers directly to the human behavior that we pursue to be part of our social environment. What is real and what is not? What is genuine and what is not? What is true and what is false? Answering such questions requires honest communication, the very essence of interpersonal relationships. Misinterpretation, untruths and counterfeit products can have catastrophic consequences for human relationships, in politics and in product use. Juan Andrés Milanes Benito deals with all of these themes in his work.

Selected works


Born 1978 in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

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2009 Master of Fine Arts, National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo
1996 Bachelor of Fine Art, Escuela wifredo Lam, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba


2021 Sandefjord Kunstforening, Sandefjord, Norway
2020 Potemkinby, Nasjonalmuseet Arkitektur / Noplace, Oslo
2017 Microwave for one, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 If the Stones Could Talk, Neues Kunstforum, Cologne
2015 It´s what you see, Bærum Kunsthall, Fornebu
2015 Extraction of the stone of madness, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2013 Mind the Gap, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Stavanger
2012 Analysis sanaty, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden
2011 Speed is directly proportional to forgetfulness, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2011 La velocidad es directamente proporcional al olvido, One Night Only Gallery, Oslo
2010 Party at the funeral, Galleri 69, Oslo
2005 In a straight line from my face to my back, Senter for Afrikansk Kulturformidling, Oslo
1998 Pa´cuando yo este en el “yelo”, Galeria Marta Machado, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
1997 La direccion de la sombra, Gallery Luz y Oficios, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba


2020 Tenthaus, Oslo
2019 Havana Biennial Edition 13, Project Behind the Wall, Havana, Cuba
2018 Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2014 1814 Revisited – The Past is Still Present, Akershus Kunstsenter
2013 Super Market. Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Längtans Blomma Är Störst På Håll, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2011 Open Art, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden
2009 Graduation Show, National Academy of Fine Art, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo


Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway