Dr. Shpend Bengu
Born on May 12th,
1962, Tirana – ALBANIA
With an experience of over 20 years in University Master level, in institutions in and out of the country. With a rich professional experience in the fields of Art, Multimedia and Cultural Heritage in and out of the country. Winner of “Painting Prize” in Contemporary Art Biennale of Austria in 2006; winner of “Best Experimental Film” prize in Tirana Film Festival 2008 and many other national and international prizes. Expert, curator and collaborator in the fields of Printmaking, Graphic Novels, Comics, Graphic Design, Multimedia, Digitalization, New Media, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diversity in many institutions, universities, national and international organizations as: UNICAL, UNESCO, UNDP, OBSH, Ministries of Culture of Albania, Italy and Slovenia etc.
He is the only representative of Comics Makers in Albania till the beginning of the XXI century. In 1997, he introduced the comics for the first time in the university curricula. In 2014, as a director of Albanian ICH at the Ministry of Culture of Albania, he organized and directed the First Edition of Albanian Graphic Novels. In 2004, he organized and directed the First Edition of Calabria Cartoon in Italy.
2017 - 2018 Host and Curator of Home Movie Day Albania
2016 Expert international trainer of ACP for the digitalization for Western Balkans Film Archives
2018 Multimedia trainer for “Tirana ART FEST, 2018” in collaboration with Tirana Municipality
2014 Director and organizer of First Edition “Albanian Graphic Novels”
2011 Member of the jury at the Tirana International Film Festival (international film section competitions: Short Movie Film, Experimental Film, Documentary and Animation. Tirana - Albania.
2008 – 2010 Archives Digitalization De Rada, in the Central State Archive. BESA Project (Library Electronics Sites Albanophone) University of Calabria. Director, editor and operator graphic designer series documentary project BESA. Albania and Italy.
2002 – 2011 – Author of several multimedia projects for the promotion of Albanian culture Arbëresh and collaboration with prof. Francesco Altimari and Linguistics Department, Department of Albanian language at the University of Calabria in Italy. Albania and Italy.
Worked as Graphic Designer for publishing houses "Bulzoni" and "Edzioni dell 'Orso" in Florence, Italy, for cover books, logos and periodicals. Florence - Italy.
Underground Comics manager and "Comics Without Words" by young artists from Europe, Asia and Afrika, in collaboration with editor Luca Bonnano London - UK.
November 2001 Participates in Workshop organized by Stripburger Foundation and Ministry of Slovenian Culture for new authors for Comics in Central and Eastern Europe. Ljubljana - Slovenia.
2000 Author of mural paintings in the Church of the Heart of Christ in Tirana.
May 1995 Curator and Chairman of the Jury for the exhibition «the Spring '95», organized by the Ministry Albanian Culture, National Gallery of Fine Arts. Tirana - Albania.
April 1995 With the cooperation of the Foundation, "GUILP" and "ARCINOVA" organizes the young authors group Third Edition Expo Albanians Exspocomics. Fiera di Levante. Bari - Italy.
Doctoral Studies - September 2012 Ph.D. Thesis: “Albanian Cultural Heritage in the global network” Field & Specialty: Albanian Art History / Interdisciplinary Arts, Centre Of Albanian Studies, National Research Institute on Archeology, History, Anthropology & Arts, Linguistics & Literature. Tirana - Albania.
September 1982 - July 1986
Graduated as Graphic Painter - at the Academy of
Fine Arts. Tirana
Trainings and specializations - Information Technology, Digital Media, Communication, Cultural Heritage, Public Administration, Public relations, European Integration etc.
2018 to present: Lector of Printmaking, Multimedia and Photofraphy in the Architecture Department at the Faculty of Applied Science and Economics in Albanian University, Tirana – Albania.
2013 – 2018 Lector of Printmaking and Multimedia at Tirana European University. Tirana – Albania.
February 2014 – September 2015 Director of intangible Cultural Heritage and Revitalization of Albanin language in Ministry of Culture. Tirana – Albania.
2002 – 2018 Associate lector of the University of Calabria and of other institutions of the province of Calabria in the fields of graphic design, painting and multimedia techniques. Participated in initiatives undertaken to assess Albanian culture at the University of Calabria and in other entities of the Province of Calabria. Lector of Master in Multimedia studies, artistic, computer techniques and multimedia applications, organized by the University of Calabria and the local authorities (municipal and provincial) of Calabria, Italy. Calabria – Italy.
2012 – 2013 (Part time) Lector of Multimedia in AAB University, Prishtina - Kosovo.
2004 – 2009 Lector of Art History in the Architecture Department at the Faculty of Applied Science and Economics in Albanian University. Tirana - Albania.
August 1996 - February 1997 Dean of the Faculty of Visual Arts in Academy of Arts in Tirana, and Professor of graphics, drawing, painting, and the Theory of Communication. Initiator of the pilot project with the subject, Theory of Communication. Tirana - Albania.
March 1987 - July 1996 Lecturer in the High School of Fine Arts in Tirana, in subjects; painting, drawing, graphics, history of writing. Tirana - Albania.
October 2018 International Comics “Nova Festival” Pančevo/Beograd/Kovin, Serbia.
August 2018 IMPACT 10 - Mini Print Biennial, Centro de Arte
Mayor. Santander, Spain.
November 2017 Grafika ’17. Shenja Shqiptare. Edition III. Galeria e Artit Fier. Fier, Albania.
November 2016 Grafika ’16. Shenja Shqiptare. Edition II. Galeria e Artit Fier. Fier, Albania.
November 2015 Grafika ’15. Shenja Shqiptare. Edition I. Galeria e Artit Fier. Fier, Albania.
September 2013 The International Comic Book and Cartoon Festival. Prizren, Kosovo.
August 2012 “Kosova Award”. World Cartoon 2012. Galeria e Arteve Pejë. Peja, Kosovo.
December 2011 Shpend Bengu & Armand Sallabanda EXPO. Tirana, Albania.
Nëntor 2011 Cultural Austrian Week. “Mozaik“, White kube“, Bulevardi Dëshmorët e Kombit Tirana, Albania.
September 2011 “Strips in de Ballkan”. Representing of Albania at Balkan Comics Festival. Antverpen, Belgium.
March 2006 Go-Est Film Festival in Visbaden Frankfurt, Germany.
December 2005 TIFF Tirana International Film Festival – Third Edition Millennium 2 Cinema. Tirana, Albania.
December 2004 TIFF Tirana International Film Festival – Second Edition Milenium 2 Cinema. Tirana - Albania.
February 2004 “Calabria Cartoon 2004” University of Calabria & Commercial Center “Metropolis” Rende (CS) – Italy.
November 2003 “Homage to De Rada, to Arberia, and Calabria”
Badia Greca. Esarchic Monastery of Grottaferrata. Rome, Italy.
October 2003 Personal exhibition dedicated to De Rada. Italian-Albanian College. San Demetrio Corone (CS) Italy.
October 2003 DeRadian Personal exhibition. National Library. Cosenza, Italy
December 2002 Exhibition “Comics – Stories from the Balkans” Thessaloniki, Greece.
August 2002 “For Twenty-Four Thousand Kisses” Balkan festival. Ravenna, Italy.
August 2002 Comics from the Other Europe. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
May 2002 Stripburek – “La Bande Dessinée dans l’Autre Europe” Confort Moderne Poitiers, France
February 2002 Stripburek – “Comics from the other Europe” Karton Gallery. Budapest, Hungary.
November 2001 Exhibition KUD France Presern. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
April 1995 Exhibition of the Third edition of Expocomics Fiera del Levante. Bari, Italy.
March 1995 Exhibition of the Seventh International Comics Festival International Art Center Kemi, Finland.
October 1994 Exhibition of the Biennial of Lisbon
Portugal. Exhibition of the Second edition of Expocomics Fiera
del Levante. Bari,
PRICES / AWARDS
June 2017 - “Global Art Ambassador Award” from Big Picture Foundation and United Nation Organization. New York –USA.
September 2006 - Price for painting - (Biennale Austria) Hüttenberg - Austria.
December 2005 - First Prize for Best Experimental Film, Tirana International Film Festival. Tirana - Albania.
March 1997 Price «Roberto Careschia». Second Edition Exspocomics. Fiera dei Levante, Bari - Italy.