Museum Collections

State of Hawaii, Hawaii Art Museum, HI, 2017

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2016

State of Hawaii, Hawaii Art Museum, HI, 2016

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, 2015

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2015

Honolulu Art Museum, Hawaii, 2014

The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2011

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA , 2010
The Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2009

Minneapolis Museum of Art, 2009
Fine Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, 2008

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, New, York, 2006
Renwick Gallery, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.,1996, 2004
Honolulu Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2000, 2004, 2008
Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama, 2003, 2004, 2008
University of Michigan Art Museum, 2003
Long Beach Art Museum, California, 2003, 2006
Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI, 2002, 2005, 2008
State of Hawaii, The Foundation and the Culture and the Arts, Hawaii, 1995 ,1996, 2002
First Hawaiian Bank Corporate Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2002
Detroit Institution of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, 2000
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 1999
Texas State Bank Corporate Collection, Mc Allen, Texas, 1998
Yale University Art Museum, The Mable Brady Garvin Collection, New Haven CT, 1994, 2008
Bishop Museum, The Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1992



Major Exhibitions

The Mint Museum of Art and Design, 2012,2013

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Maui HI,1992, 1993,1994, 1995,1996,1997,1999, 2010, 2011,2012,2013, 2015

Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, HI,2010

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI,2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009

The Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art, 2006, 2009

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2010, 2011 2012,2013

Academy Art Center, Honolulu, HI,1993, 1994, 1995,1997,1998, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014,

Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, 2006, 2008, 2013

State of Hawaii Art Museum, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007

Ohio Crafts Museum, Columbus OH, 2000, 2006

Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, 2005

Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui HI,1994, 1995,1996,1997,1999, 2005, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014,2015

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2005

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, MN, 2005

Lahaina Arts Society, 1992,1993,1994, 2005

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angles, CA, 2004

Janice Charach Epstein Gallery, Bloomfield, MI, 2003

Maui Crafts Guild, 1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999, 2000,2001, 2002

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT, 2002

Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 2002

Minneapolis Institution of Art,2001, 2011

Frog Hollow, Burlington, VT, 2001

Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Canada, 2000

The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999,

American Crafts Museum, NY, 1998,

Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, 1998

Mc Allen International Museum, Mc Allen, Texas,1997

Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA,1997,

Carleton Art Museum, MN, 1995,

Ala Moana Art Center, Honolulu, HI, 1993, 1995

Mayor’s Invitational, Maui, HI, 1995




Honorable Mention, Hawaii Woodshow,  2015

“Best of Show” , Hui No’eau Juried Exhibition, 2012

Hawaiian Craftsmen Annual State Exhibit, Award of Excellence, 2004
State of Hawaii, The Foundation of the Arts, Purchase Award, 2002
Hawaiian Craftsmen Annual State Exhibit, Second Place Award, 1998
Hawaiian Craftsmen Annual State Exhibit, Three First Place Awards, 1997
State of Hawaii, The Foundation of the Arts Purchase Award, 1996
The State of Hawaii, The Foundation of the Arts Purchase Award, 1995
Hawaii Craftsmen Annual State Exhibit, “The Following the Sea” Award, 1993




Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood, 2015

CORES, Recycled, The Center for Art in Wood, 2015

Beyond Boundries, Wood for the 21st Century, CWA, 2015

Turning to Art in Wood, A Creative Journey, 2012

Conversations with Wood: The Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury, 2011

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2010

“20 Going on 21,” The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI, 2009

Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, 2008

“10 Years,” The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, 2006
“500 Wood Bowls”, Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation, 2004
“Celebration Nature: Craft Traditions/ Contemporary Expressions,” Craft & Folk Art Museum,

Los Angeles, CA, 2004
“Nature Transformed,” Wood Art form the Bohlen Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art
“Wood Art Today” : Furniture, Vessels, Sculpture, 2003
Collectors Choice: SOFA Chicago, 2002
“Wood Turning in North America: Since 1930,” Wood Turning Center, Yale University Art Museum
“The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection,” The Detroit Institution of Arts, 2000
“Contemporary Turned Wood; New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition,” 1999
“Transformation 2: Contemporary Works in Wood,” The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founders Prize Exhibition, The Society of Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999
“Expressions in Wood; Master Works from the Wornick Collection,” Oakland Museum of Art, 1996
“The Art of Craft; Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection,” Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 1996
“Nature Turning into Art; The Ruth & David Waterbury Collection”, Carleton College, 1995


Periodical Publications

American Art Collector

Woodwork, United States

Woodworker West, United States

American Woodworker, United States

Craft Arts International, Australia

Turning Points, United States

American Craft, United States

Woodturning, United Kingdom

Departures, International

Art and Antiques, United States

American Style, Untied States

Woodworkers Journal, United States

Carving (wood), United Kingdom


Television and Video

HGTV, Modern Masters, 2003

The Big Red Coach, KHON2, 2001

Expressions in Wood; Master Works from the Wornick Collection,” 1997


Artist in Residence, The Wood Turning Center, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA 2009

Artist in Residence; Ritz Carleton, Kapalua, HI, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997,1998


Derek  Bencomo is an artist from Maui, Hawaii.


My work expresses my harmony with nature and life in Hawaii, successfully reflected in the movement and visual rhythm I find in the wind, water and mountains. Never figurative, my work balances mass and abstract lines, capturing a sense of motion with motion while the sculptural aspects mirror the figure of the wood. Over the last decade my work has shown dramatic growth from the tradition of woodturning, where bowl or vessel is the norm, to a sculptural approach that is distinctly original. My current works feature lines that curve and stretch out in three dimensions against the subtle backdrop of wood grain. The form, line and pattern are all abstract, reflecting the natural beauty of a wave, stretch of beach and horizon. 
I think what is exciting about my work now is that I have moved in a direction that focuses on the sculptural elements of my work without being inhibited by the limits that the lathe obviously places on an object.