Born in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Mauricio Benega moved to NZ in 2004 and now lives and works as a full-time artist in Hastings. Mauricio graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Visual Arts and Computer Graphics in 2001 at University of TuiTui Parana, Brazil. He also completed a Post-graduate in School Administration and Visual Arts in 2004 at FAE Business School in Curitiba, Brazil and a Diploma of Visual Effects and Motion Graphics in 2009 at Media Design School in Auckland, NZ.
Mauricio believes that working on a variety of different projects and experimenting is a good way to stay fresh and inspired. Mauricio’s work can be found in collections in NZ, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Australia and Bali. He has participated in 30 art and comic contests around the world, won seven awards for painting, design and storyboard, held 12 solo exhibitions and 11 group exhibitions.