Ben Katz is a New York City based mixed-media artist and entrepreneur. Always exploring new techniques and mediums, his work is constantly breaking new ground. Katz works with a number of different materials including repurposed tech and a wide variety of found objects. Most recently, Katz has been working with antique findings enveloped in pigmented encaustics, which, when combined, create complex, painterly three dimensional assemblages. His work is a direct reflection of his multifaceted life and is heavily influenced by the ever-evolving digital world and humanity’s increasingly symbiotic relationship with technology. Katz sees his work as social commentary and uses it as an outlet for his often controversial opinions on modern life.
Ben Katz was mentored by the New York pop artist James Rizzi prior to his death in December of 2011. Katz credits Rizzi with encouraging him to channel his many interests and talents into a bourgeoning artistic practice. Katz soon had his first solo show, “Robots of Unusual Size” in June 2012 at the Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. The exhibition received critical acclaim and Katz’s work was subsequently featured on the front page of the Pittsburgh Tribune. Due to the increased attention and demands following this show, while still dealing with the loss of his mentor and most trusted advisor, Katz decided to no longer participate in gallery shows and only show and sell his work directly to private collectors.
In March of 2016, after an extended hiatus, Katz met Georges Berges, immediately finding a kindred spirit in the art dealer. In June of 2016 Katz had a solo show at he Georges Berges Gallery in Soho which was an overwhelming success. Katz is now working on a new body or work and with a number of different galleries for exhibitions in New York and Internationally.