The ascent of an authenticator of Salvador Dali prints expert : Jerry Bengis


Posted On Sep 16 2020

The rise of an accredited appraiser top professional : Jerry Bengis? I have two long time professions- art appraiser and owned the largest sign company in Miami for many years – I am working as a consultant in signs- how do I use both? I am also in the sign business for over 45 years—I owned Bengis Signs in Miami and am now a principle in Graphplex Signs in Hollywood. I have made most of the most important signs in Florida like all the Coppertone Signs and the first 700 Burger King signs and all the Pollo Tropical signs at the onset. I also one of the foremost authorities on Salvador Dali in the world.

What clients say about Jerry Bengis : Since 1998, Jerry Bengis has been an invaluable resource as an Art Appraiser and expert to many of my clients both here in the U.S and Overseas. Having done countless appraisals, his knowledge and expertise on many of the Masters of the 20th Century like Chagall, Dali and Picasso has translated into Appraisals for Insurance Replacement Value and Fair Market Value. I have known Jerry to always go the extra mile in research and documentation. Being an Art Historian myself I have had to set a very high bar on which experts that I can recommend with great confidence. Jerry has always been at the top of that list.

Symbolism in art refers to the use of a particluar image as an iconic representation with a particular meaning; Salvador Dali’s soft, melting clocks representing the relative nature of time. Woodcut is a relief printing technique produced by cutting an image in a hardwood block leaving the parts to be printed standing out on the flat surface. Woodcuts are usually printed on a press but may also be printed manually by rubbing with a frotton. Wove paper has the appearance of a uniform and smooth weave and flocked texture.

In addition to being trained in many areas of art, Jerry Bengis ranks as an international authority on Salvador Dali’s work. He has examined thousands of pieces and has never had a Dali piece returned to him nor faced challenges from insurance companies, which have recommended him for repeat business. Frank Hunter; the successor to Albert Field, the archivist for Salvador Dali Prints and author of The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali, hired Jerry Bengis to evaluate and appraise pieces donated to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. He has curated museum shows in Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas celebrating the artist.

Abstract Art uses color and form to create images that do not represent natural objects. The term has also been used to describe art that depicts real forms in a simplified basic manner, alluding to the original natural subject. Aquatint is a printing technique similar to etching which uses an acid resistant resin powder to create a tonal effect in the ground. Arches paper is a durable, air-dried type of paper preferred by printers and watercolor painters; made in the Arches paper mill in Lorraine, France.

Jerry’s main business of which he is extremely proud is the family’s neon sign business, Benngis Signs. You might be familiar with the most iconic sign of them all – the Coppertone Girl. In fact that sign was recently given an historic designation and became the first sign in Florida to receive such a designation. Mr. Bengis enrolled at the University of Miami, where he earned an award in statistics and secured a bachelor of business administration. He also studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. While there, he competed on the school’s baseball team. Read additional information on Jerry Bengis.

Last Updated on: September 19th, 2020 at 9:13 am, by


Written by Selymesi Tibor