Benoît Maire was born in 1968 in Pessac, France. He lives and works in Bordeaux, France.
Benoît Maire received his DNSEP degree from the Arson Villa in Nice (France, 2003) and a master's degree in Philosophy from Sorbonne, Paris 1 (France, 2002). He was granted a residency at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris (France, 2005-2006).
In 2021-2022, Benoît Maire was in residency at the prestigious Villa Medici in Rome.
In 2017, Benoît Maire won MÉCA's "1% artistique" prize (a project which was realized by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, in France), with his work Un détail (A Detail), a bronze sculpture representing half of Hermes's head. The work was installed on the outside steps later this year. He was also awarded the Solo Prize at Art Brussels 2017 with the Meesen de Clerq Gallery. In 2010, he received the Fondation Ricard Prize and the CNAP, Image/Mouvement Prize.
His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Thebes, now on view at the CAPC Contemporary Art Museum of Bordeaux (France, 2018); and recently Disaster at Galerie Croy Nielsen in Vienna (Austria, 2017); Cloud Paintings at the Arsenal in New York (USA, 2017); Castled at joségarcía in Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico, 2016); Castling the Queen at Meessen de Clercq in Brussels (Belgium, 2016); George Slays the Dragon at the Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany, 2016); Nuages et déchets at the Galerie Thomas Bernard-Cortex Athletico in Paris (France, 2015); Sticker Beings at Kiria Koula in San Francisco (USA, 2015); Letre at La Verrière-Fondation Hermès in Brussels (Belgium, 2014); Spiaggia di menzogne (Lying Beach) at Fondazione Giuliani in Rome (Italy, 2013); Weapon at the David Roberts Art Foundation in London (United Kingdom, 2013); Soon the metal between us will turn into gold at the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse (France, 2011); and The Object of Criticism at Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art in Middelburg (Holland, 2011).
His work is present in important public and private collections, including FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris, France), FRAC Aquitaine (Bordeaux, France), the KADIST Art Foundation (Paris, France), the David Roberts Foundation (London, United Kingdom), FRAC Franche-Comté (Besançon, France), the Artotèque of Pessac (France), the CAPC Contemporary Art Museum of Bordeaux (France), the Nomas Foundation (Rome, Italy), the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), the FNAC Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (Paris, France), the Fondazione Giuliani (Rome, Italy), the Mac/Val (Vitry-sur-Seine, France), the Fondation Francès (Senlis, France), and the Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada).
Benoît Maire has been represented by la Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels, since 2018.