Benzi Mazliah is born in 1950 in Izmir, Turkey. In his early ages he and his family move to Israel. At the age of 14 Benzi starts making his first sculptures. He soon realizes that what he wants most is to be a sculptor. In 1970 he starts studying sculpting at the 'AVNI Art Academy' in Tel Aviv. After a year he is awarded a scholarship to continue his studies at the 'Accademia di Belle Arti' in Florence, Italy. Later this is followed by studying at the 'Vrije Academie' in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Having learned to cast sculptures in bronze in Italy Benzi soon establishes his own bronze foundry in Amsterdam. For over ten years he succesfully runs this commercial foundry, casting work for many well known artists as well as his own work.
During this same time he starts conducting workshops in his own studio in Amsterdam, teaching his students a great variety of techniques including the bronze casting process. He proofs himself to be an inspiring teacher which results in a teaching post at the renowned 'Rietveld Academie' in Amsterdam. In this same period he is offered to join the 'Amsterdam Beeld Collectief', a privately sponsored institution for young promising sculptors.
His move to The Netherlands marks the beginning of an almost 20-year-long career in Europe, where his talent is discovered and greatly appreciated. Many galleries all over Europe and Israel have exhibited his work and many still are.
In 1998 Benzi returns to Israel. He moves to the village of Ezuz in the southern desert where he finds the environment to be his greatest source for inspiration. For more then a decade Benzi exclusively creates stone sculptures using raw materials directly from nature. Being fascinated by ancient culture his style of work often resembles this. Many of his sculptures give the impression they where dug up from a thousand year old archaeological site.
Benzi Mazliah - an artist of international stature with over 40 years of experience. Working with a great variety of materials and techniques.
Benzi gives sculpture workshops - from few hours to few days.