Manfredi Beninati was born in Palermo in 1970. After studying the Classics, Beninati entered the Faculty of Law at Palermo University. In 1990 he began studying film at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Roma, where he worked as an assistant director until 1994. He then moved to London, where he began painting full-time.
Beninati currently lives and works in Campagnano Romano, a small village outside Rome. In 2006 he won the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, and in 2005, he was awarded the Darc Prize for young Italian art Audience award - Italian pavilion, 51 Venice Biennale 2005. Most recently, his work has been exhibited in the following shows in 2007: "Flavio and Palermo (in the summer)," at James Cohan Gallery, New York; "Dentro-Fuori (a Flavio Beninati)," Città Sant'Angelo at the Museo Laboratorio, with Giuseppe Stampone;"Manfredi Beninati," at Galeria Braga Menendez in Buenos Aires;"Drawing cabinet," at FPAC in Palermo;"Rescued pictures," at Galleria Lorcan O'Neill in Rome;"New Paintings," at James Cohan Gallery in New York;"Manfredi Beninati," at Galleria Lorcan O'Neill in Rome. Among several group shows; "C'era una volta un re...," Arcos Museo, Benevento, Italy; "Figuring the landscape," Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs, CT; Padiglione Venezia at Giardini, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; "Expander," Royal Academy of Arts, London, U.K;"Summer show," Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy ; "Dirty pictures," The Approach Gallery, London, U.K. "Quadriennale di Roma-Anteprima," Palazzo Reale, Naples, Italy; "Le collezioni - Recenti acquisizioni," MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy.