Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Mumbai (Bombay), now living in Montclair, New Jersey. Her work addresses her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings, Benjamin combines imagery from her past with visuals related to being an American today, ranging from Indian miniature paintings to icons of modern warfare.

This story is from “The New American Art,” a State of the Arts special about transcultural artists produced by Susan Wallner.