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Winter 2017 - Spring 2018

Bali, Indonesia
Portrait of a Hero Project

During the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, children each painted a 12 inch square that when assembled became a portrait of CNN Hero, Ibu Robin Lim. "Mother Robin" has been providing free health services to pregnant women and young children since 1995. She was honored to be CNN Hero of the year in 2011. This project made the children realize how their contribution and teamwork created something incredibly big and beautiful. An original concept by Stephen Bennet, this project took months to become a reality, bringing joy to entire community.



At left two proud children present their individually painted "pieces of the puzzle" that became a large 10x10 foot portrait of Ibu Robin Lim. Amazingly, many of the children who participated in this portrait project were actually birthed by "Mother Robin".


Spring 2017

Porto, Portugal

Induplano Exhibit and Workshop


Winter 2016

Guangzhou, China

An Exhibit and and several Portrait Workshops were organized at the Guangzhou Opera Houseby Stephen.

For fun, the children actually painted on T-shirts instead of paper.

June - August 2014

Macao, China

Faces of Light Art Exhibition was presented at The Venetian Macao which featured 14 large World Portraits measuring from 7x5 feet up to 10x9 feet. During this exhibit, Stephen Bennett gave special portrait painting class to young adult, visual arts students from Macao Polytechnic Institute, offering tips and demonstrating techniques.

Winter of 2013-14

Bali, Indonesia

For the winter of 2013-14 Stephen Bennett, Amanda Carson and volunteers conducted workshops in Bali, Indonesia. These workshops inspired over 250 young artists!

Workshops were held in:

The BIS, (

The Green School (www.greenschool.org)

Bali Spirit Fest (www.balispiritfestival.com)

Art of Living (www.artofliving.org)

'The 5th Invitation to Love', A Valentines Day fundraiser for handicapped children and adults.

2010 - 2011
December 10 to April 30

Faces of the World Exhibit

Press Reception
Tuesday, January 11 from 1pm to 4pm

A large selection of Stephen Bennett's World Portraits-many of which are 7 x 5 feet will be on display.

East Gallery
Atlantis, The Palm

October 21 to November 19

"World Portraits Exhibit & United Nations Stamps"

Opening Reception
Friday, October 22 at 6:00pm

A selection of World Portraits-some of which appear on the latest Indigenous People series of 18 stamps produced by the UN Postal Administration for 2010 plus the 18 produced for 2009 will be on display.

Lobby Show Walls
133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

October 21

First Day of Issue - United Nations Postal Stamps

Thursday, October 21
from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Second Series of UN Postage Stamps issued that feature 18 of Stephen Bennett's World Portraits.

ASDA Mega Stamp Show
The New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY

Buy Stamps Online Here.

November 12 to 28

"Uniting Through Faces"
A selection of portraits from January 2009 United Nations exhibit, New York.

Opening Reception
November 12th, 6:00pm

Repton Art Gallery
Nad Al Sheba 3 & 4
Dubai, UAE
Phone Number (Landline): +9714 426 9393
GPS Coordinates:
N25° 08.750'
E55° 22.626'

Thursday, October 8

UNITED NATIONS Indigenous People Series of Stamps Featuring 18 World Portraits by Stephen Bennett

First Day of Issue & Meet the Artist
11am to 3pm • New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue, NYC

The United Nations Postal Administration is featuring Stephen Bennett's World Portraits for their 2009 Indigenous People postage stamps. The series of 18 stamps will be issued in 3 countries and 3 languages at the United Nations headquarters/offices located in Austria, Switzerland and the United States.

(Left) Sheet of 6 United Nations postage stamps specifically for the United States. All 18 stamps are available for purchase as of October 8 at all 3 UN locations. To see other designs, please click here.

March 9 - March 12

"Uniting through Faces"

LAC Gallery
9490 Genesee Ave
La Jolla,CA 92037
Please contact (347) 232 8996 for more information.

(Left) Goggle Girl
Acrylic on Canvas
80 x 64 inches

March 8

NIKA Water Launch Party

Sunday, March 8, 4:00PM

Host: Jeff Church / NIKA Water
Location: La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 US
Phone: (858) 472-2064

Please join us to celebrate the launch of NIKA Water!

Stephen Bennett has donated his portraits to the NIKA label will also be at the launch together with some of his great artwork.

For more information about NIKA Water, please visit www.nikawater.org

October 8 - October 31

"South East Asia and Back"

Artist Reception
Tuesday Oct. 21, 5:30-7:30pm

The show in MV's Wolfe Gallery includes portrait paintings from Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and Morocco. This exhibit is a preview of his upcoming show FACE to FACE, Uniting Humanity, at the United Nations Visitor's Lobby, New York in Aug. 2009.

Wolfe Gallery
Toledo, OH
Open Weekdays 8:30-5:30 pm
Contact: 917.238.1173 and 718.389.9210 or 419.517.3802

(Left) "Bario Baseball" 80 x 64 inches , Acrylic on Canvas, Sarawak 2006

September 12 to October 7

Between Worlds: PTSD and Other Effects of War
A Group Art Exhibition

Artist Reception
September 12th: 6-8pm

The group includes Mario Verta, Stephen Bennett, Rita Leistner, M.J. Alhabeeb, Anastasia Nelson, Davis Scott Woodard, Terry Mahy and Ernie Velasco.

Chancellor's International House - Davis
10 College Park
Davis, CA

(Left) PNG, WWII Veteran

July 18 to August 15

"Friends and Family: Portraits"

Artist Reception
Friday, July 18th: 5-9pm and
Saturday, July 19th: 4-6pm

Stephen Bennett will show 12 images of his "Faces of the World" series.

Red Bluff Art Gallery
516 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

View Press Release

(Left) 100 Mile Smile

July 10 to July 13

"Our People Our Culture"

Lecture and Exhibition
Orang Ulu House,
Sarawak Cultural Village, Malaysia
Curated by Irene Lim Ai Soik
Sponsored by the Sarawak Tourism Board

(Left) Longboat to Longhouse

May 1st to June 12th

Stephen Bennett:
One Man Show

Curator: L.L. Powers
Sponsor: The Durst Organization

Conde Nast
4 Times Square @ 42nd Street
New York,NY

(Left) Baby Powder Flower Power
Papua New Guinea
80 x 64 inches
Acrylic on canvas
April 2008

March 1st thru May 1st

"Face Out"

Highlighting the progress made by the Australian government towards the recognition and apology to the Stolen Generation

299 Bedford Avenue,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(347) 232-8996

(Left) "Drinking Camp"
Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 64 inches,
Katherine, Australia. 2004.

May 8th to May 11th

Join Stephen and Soaringwords in New Orleans as we connect with hundreds of children and families that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

For more information please go to www.soaringwords.org

Tuesday, March 14th

Stephen Bennett:
One Man Show

Artist Reception
Thursday, Thursday March 20th

Lobby Gallery
1155 Avenue of the Americas
(between 44th and 45th Street)
New York

Curator: L.L. Powers
Sponsor: The Durst Organization

(Left) "Beach Baby"
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 64 inches

November 15 to December 16

FACE to FACE, Uniting Humanity

Artist Reception
Thursday, November 15
6pm to 9pm

An exhibit of Stephen Bennett's large-scale (5'x7') portraits of indigenous peoples. This previews an exhibit to be featured at the United Nations in 2008. To encourage corporate sponsorship to benefit Faces of the World Inc. a non profit educational organization.

At the James Gray Gallery until December 16.
For location and hours please visit:

(Above) A Berber Shepherd along the roadside on the way to Ouarzazate. (Right) Mint tea and melon for breakfast at the Berber camp in the dunes of Erg Chebbi before travelling back to Rissani

September 11th to October 4th

Toured the Erg Chebbi Dunes, Atlas Mountains, and surrounding countryside of Morocco, North Africa.

Read more about Stephen’s trip to New Orleans at the Soaringwords organization website.

August 21st

Montifiore Hospital, New York. Stephen and his team help create colourful portraits and more importantly, “Soaring Smiles”, in many wards at the Children's Hospital of Montefiore during workshops held there.

July 19 to October 19th

“Into Their Eyes” Portrait
Painting Exhibit

Meet the Artist Reception
Friday, August 10 - 6pm to 8pm
At Planet Thailand, 133 North 7th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn until August 31.

This exhibit celebrates International Day for the Worlds Indigenous People being held at the United Nations Headquarters.

July 1 to August 31

Exhibit of Indigenous Portraits

United Nations Visitor’s Lobby

February 15 to December 31

Stephen is presently in his New York studio painting portraits of peoples of Papua New Guinea, Papua and Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand.


(Left) Stephen painting woman of the Karen Tribe from Northern Thailand. He only uses photos that he's personally taken as visual reference.

October 1 to February 14

Toured Papua New Guinea,
Papua (Indonesia) and
Peninsular Malaysia.

(Left) Attended the annual "Goroka Show"in Papua New Guinea to photograph and interview 80 tribes of Highlanders.These tribes compete through dance and colorful costumes made of feathers, birds, mud, beetles, moss, paints, animal hides, beads, plants and pleated leaves.

(Left)Indigenous Asli children gather around Stephen in the Cameron Highlands in Peninsular Malaysia.

July 1 to August 31
(Exhibit was extended to September 30)

Exhibit of paintings at the Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia and teaching portrait painting workshops at schools and cultural centers in Kuching.