Let us explore Lorenzo Benetton’s artistic journey and fascinating life trajectory in the artist’s own words:
Imagine being a 10 year old child in Venezuela way back in 1964. There was no broadcasting of Formula 1 races on Television. Bernie Ecclestone had not yet created the Formula One Circuit and, down there, F1 was not even considered to be a milestone event. However, the Indianapolis 500 was perceived to be extremely significant. Jim Clark with Lotus was crowned the indisputable winner in 1965, and some months later he became the F1 World Champion, an unbeaten record till date. As a result and as it so happens to most children, when one starts demonstrating an avid interest in a particular sport, the winning driver, or team, becomes your idol for the rest of your life. Undoubtedly,
Formula 1 has remained an enduring passion of mine since the legendary win of Jim Clark with Lotus at Indianapolis. In addition, I was extremely impressed by the sensational victory of Jim Clark with the first Cosworth DFV engine at Zandvoort Dutch GP in 1967.
My artistic journey was initiated when I began drawing and sketching trucks and airplanes and gradually switched over to cars. A period of transition occurred when my father decided to relocate to Treviso in Italy in the summer of 1968, which proved to be a game changer for me. In Italy,
I had access to ‘Autosprint’ magazine and could watch live television races which started that year. Furthermore, citizens in Italy appreciate great cars, such as Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo (later Pagani and Dallara) and obviously Ferrari. Who would have thought that later in life I would become a Ferrari supplier, visiting the F1 team and factory at Maranello and receiving a couple of job proposals from two other F1 teams?
Given the above, I stopped drawing for almost a period of 30 years due to my engineering studies and job responsibilities. Thereafter, I returned to the drawing board and am now delighted to introduce you to my new artworks (of cars as well as portraits of eminent men and women) and some restored old works which are available for sale. As an artist, I have had the splendid opportunity to interact with celebrated personalities, such as Giampaolo Dallara, Horacio Pagani, Giancarlo Minardi, Mauro Forghieri, Aldo Costa, et al.
My style? It is hyper-realistic with minute attention to detail, although I am experimenting with different techniques by evolving towards a more essential style in the future, as in my latest ‘Enzo’ (Enzo Ferrari) portrait.
I paint on commission and always establish a good personal relationship with the client in order to manifest our creative vision to the mutual satisfaction of both.
If you would like to receive more information, you are most welcome to contact me.