Andrea Benetti's works are present in collections and museums around the world. Many universities have carried out research on his art and technique.

Artistic background

Andrea Benetti was born in Bologna in 1964. He is a painter, photographer and designer. In 2006, he drew up the Manifesto of Neo-Cave Art, presented in 2009 at the 53rd Venice Biennale, at the Ca' Foscari University. The Manifesto is inspired by the birth of art, by the cave painting of Prehistory. Andrea Benetti's artistic poetics transfigures, quotes, reinvents and plays with ideas and forms of cave painting, creating an imaginary bridge, between contemporaneity and the origin of art. For over ten years, the Bolognese artist has been carrying out projects in collaboration with various Italian and foreign universities, including Johns Hopkins University, the universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Bari, Roma Tre, Lecce and Bergamo. Over the years, some universities have included Andrea Benetti's Neo-Cave Art in the research program. His works have been acquired by museums and various institutional collections around the world, including that of the United Nations, the Quirinale (seat of the Presidency of the Italian Republic), the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Vatican and some Italian Embassies around the world. In the last decade, Andrea Benetti has been received at the Quirinale, the Chamber of Deputies and the Vatican. He met Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and Pope Francis in 2014. Many university professors and important art critics wrote about his painting, actively participating in the projects conceived by the Emilian artist. For many years the entry Andrea Benetti has been present in many encyclopedias, including the Treccani and De Agostini (the most important Italian encyclopedias), the WikiArt encyclopedia (the most important world encyclopedia of art) and is present on Wikipedia, translated into thirty languages. In 2020, Andrea Benetti was awarded the 49th “Nettuno d'Oro” prize, the longest-running and most prestigious artistic prize in the city of Bologna.


2020 Nettuno d'Oro Award- Winner- Bologna, Italy

2016 University research on the art of Andrea Benetti - University of Ferrara- Ferrara, Italy

2014 University research on the art of Andrea Benetti - University of Bari- Bari, Italy

2013 University research on the art of Andrea Benetti - University of Bologna- Bologna, Italy

2012 University research on the art of Andrea Benetti - Roma Tre University - Rome, Italy

2011 University research on the art of Andrea Benetti - University of Salento- Lecce, Italy

2010 LXI Michetti Award - Nominated - Francavilla a Mare (CH), Italy

2009 Venice Biennale - Presentation of the Neo Cave Art Manifesto - Nature and Dreams Pavilion - Ca' Foscari University - Venice, Italy

2008 Johns Hopkins University - Memory - Bologna, Italy


• United Nations Art Collection ∙ New York, U.S.A.
• Vatican Art Collection ∙ Vatican, Italy
• Virginia Commonwealth University ∙ Richmond, U.S.A.
• MACIA ∙ Italian Contemporary Art Museum in America ∙ San Jose, Costa Rica
• Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights ∙ Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Rinaldi-Paladino Art Museum Foundation ∙ Lugano, Switzerland
• Copelouzos Family Art Museum Collection ∙ Athens, Greece
• Italian Embassy in China ∙ Beijing, China
• Italian Embassy in New Zealand ∙ Wellington, New Zealand

• Quirinale Art Collection ∙ Italian Presidency of the Republic ∙ Roma, Italy
• Montecitorio Palace ∙ Italian Parliament ∙ Chamber Of Deputies ∙ Roma, Italy
• Mambo ∙ Museum of Modern Art Bologna ∙ Bologna, Italy
• Museion ∙ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano ∙ Bolzano, Italy
• CAMeC ∙ Center of Modern and Contemporary Art ∙ La Spezia, Italy
• Osvaldo Licini Contemporary Art Museum ∙ Ascoli Piceno, Italy
• University of Ferrara Art Collection ∙ Ferrara, Italy
• University of Bari Art Collection ∙ Bari, Italy
• MuMi ∙ Michetti Museum ∙ Francavilla al Mare, Italy
• U.N.E.S.C.O. Art Collection ∙ Bologna, Italy
• Giacomo Casanova Foundation ∙ Venice, Italy
• Municipality of Lecce Art Collection ∙ Lecce, Italy
• Amedeo Modigliani Museum ∙ Follonica, Italy
• ARTinGENIO Museum ∙ Pisa, Italia
• Silvestro Lega Museum ∙ Modigliana, Italy
• Speleological Museum "Franco Anelli" ∙ Grotte di Castellana, Italy
• Contemporary Art Museum ∙ Logudoro Meilogu Foundation ∙ Banari, Italy
• Facchini Collection ∙ La Fenice et des Artistes ∙ Venice, Italy

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