Roger Benjamin

Professor Roger Benjamin

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2006
  • Section(s): Arts


Roger Benjamin is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History and Film Studies, and a Research Associate of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. His research has focused on the art and theory of Matisse, French Orientalist painting, and contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

In 1995 he co-curated Matisse for the Queensland Art Gallery; his exhibition Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee was held at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1997. In 2003 he published Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism and French North Africa, 1880-1930 (which won the Motherwell Book Award in New York in 2004); in the same year he curated Renoir and Algeria for the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown Massachusetts.

Recent projects include a monograph on the Chilean-Australian artist Juan Davila (2006) and Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Painting from Papunya (2009).

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.