Bio

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Dr. Shpend Bengu

Born on May 12th 1962    Tirana – ALBANIA

Education

September 2012

Ph.D. Doctorate thesis: “Albanian Cultural Heritage in the global network” Field & Speciality: 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.       Tirana - Albania.

September 1977 - June 1981

High School of Fine Arts, Tirana.                                                              Tirana - Albania.

Employment Record

2002 - to present

Associate professor 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.  Professor of Master in Mulimedia studies , artistic, computer techniques and multimedial applications, organized by the University of Calabria and the local authorities (municipal and provincial) of Calabria, Italy.

May 2008

Course organizer and curator for jung albanian V.J. video journalist. In conjunction with Vito Mastrossimini, Tullio Bernabei, Enzio Procopio, Massimo Lapertosa and Mimmo Migailo, realizes the documentary  "Tirana: Futturo-Passato-Presente”                                                                                      

                                                 Grotte di Castellana, Nonopoli - Italy and 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.

July 1986 - March 1987

Graphic Designer,  in the Office of Ministry of Commerce. (5 Master Category)

                                                                                                                    Tirana - Albania.

Exhibitions

September 2006
Participates in the Bienniale of Austria and is awarded the Biennala Austria Prize for Painting.

June 2006
Participates in "The Concentra Awards" Festival. - Bruxelles, Belgium.

March 2006
Go-Est Film Festival in Visbaden– Frankfurt - Germany.

December 2005
TIFF Tirana International Film Festival – Third Edition Milenium 2 Cinema.Tirana - Albania.

December 2004
International Exhibition "Marubi" – National Gallery of Arts.Tirana - Albania.

December 2004
TIFF Tirana International Film Festival – Second Edition Milenium 2 Cinema.Tirana - Albania.

September 2004 
Personal exhibition “Fiera di Lavoro” University of Calabria – Italy.

August 2004
Personal exhibition “ Vedute di Calabria” Comunal Library San Fili. Calabria – Italy.

April 2004
Personal exhibition. “Beni e promozione culturale in Calabria” – Seconda Conferenza Regionale.- Centro Servizi Avanzati, Ricerca, Formazione, Sviluppo Agroalimentare della Calabria. Lamezia Terme – Italy.

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, Grottaferrata – Rome, Italy.

November 2003
Exhibition “Fashion, beauty, and costumes in ancient Italy” National Museum of Sibaritide Sibari – Italy

October 2003
Personal exhibition dedicated to De Rada. Italian-Albanian College. San Demetrio Corone (CS) Italy.

October 2003
DeRadian Personal exhibition. Birth house of Geronimo De Rada Macchia Albanese (CS) Italy.

October 2003
DeRadian Personal exhibition. National Library Cosenza, Italy

October 2003
Personal exhibition “Historical Centres of Calabria and Arberia” Communal Archives Corigliano Calabro, Italy

April 2003
Personal Exhibition Aula Magna, University of Calabria Arcavacata. Italy

December 2002
Exhibition “Comics – Stories from the Balkans” Thessalonica, Greece.

October 2002
Personal Exhibition Art and Culture Centre Tirana, Albania

September 2002
Exhibition +36 XXI Gallery Tirana, Albania

September 2002
Bienniale of Austria Klagenfurt, Austria

August 2002
“For Twenty Four Thousand Kisses” Balkan festival Ravenna, Italy

August 2002
“Exhibition Engraving 2002” in S.E. Europe Thessalonica, Greece.

August 2002
Comics from the Other Europe Dubrovnik, Croatia

June 2002
Mains d’Ouvres Saint Queen Paris, France

June 2002
Emmetrop Bourges, France

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

May 2002
Personal Exhibition Embassy of the European Council Tirana, Albania

November 2001
Exhibition KUD France Presern Ljubljana, Slovenia

November 2001
Personal Exhibition “Views of Albanian Cities” and the premiere of his animated short “The Cage” Art and Culture Centre Tirana, Albania

December 1999    
Paints the murals of the “Sacro Cuore” Cathedral Tirana, Albania

November 1999    
Exhibition “Kosova XXI” XXI Gallery Tirana, Albania

September 1997    
Exhibition “Autumn ‘98” XXI Gallery Tirana, Albania

July 1996    
International Graphic Exhibition “Saint e Loi” Leglise de Recloses Paris, France

May 1996    
International Exhibition “Propositions – Exchanges” “San Filippo” Gallery Torino, Italy

November 1995
International Exhibition “Onufri” National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

May 1995    
Design Exhibition National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

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 Cordoaria Nacional Lisbon, Portugal

May 1994    
Exhibition of the Albanian Applicative Artists Te & Gi Gallery Tirana, Albania

March 1994
Exhibition of the Second edition of Expocomics Fiera del Levante Bari, Italy

March 1994    
Exhibition “86+8” National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

August 1993
Exhibition of Albanian Painters in Athens Municipal Centre Athens, Greece

May 1993    
Exhibition “Fight Against AIDS” National Historical Museum Tirana, Albania

March 1993
Exhibition of Independent Albanian Artists National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

October 1992    
Exhibition “Autumn ‘92” International Centre of Culture Tirana, Albania

March 1992    
Exhibition of Independent Albanian Artists National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

May 1990    
Exhibition “Spring ‘90” National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

November 1989    
Exhibition “45th Anniversary of Liberation” National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

May 1989    
Exhibition “Spring ‘89” National Gallery of Fine Arts Tirana, Albania

October 1988
Exhibition of the Painters of Tirana Culture Palace Tirana,Albania

October 1987    
Exhibition “Spring ‘87” Culture Palace Tirana,Albania

October 1977
Exhibition of Young Talents Culture Palace Tirana,Albania.