Benjamin Garcia, a young Columbian artist, whose paintings are done in a visual language that reminds of surrealism, but possesses a level of darkness as well. Human imagination is endless, corrupted only by the experiences and influences of the life itself, as the Garcia’s work takes the viewers into the world, somewhat familiar, but still under the control of the artist himself.
Garcia is focused on portraits, with his visual language being both dark and surreal at the same time. This language of pictorial violence emerged from all the experimentation he’s done, which included illustrations and animations, and eventually, the artist created a recognizable combination of chaos and structured composition.
Garcia was born in Caracas, where he graduated from Instituto de diseno de Caracas, majoring Design and Illustration, in 2010. His connection and decision to paint human figure came from the fusion of media, where both digital and traditional illustration are inspirationally combined with other media, such as animation, comic, and film, all of them telling stories in a coherent way, more or less. The artworks are blurred to a certain level, and that is the artist’s way of bringing together the unconscious and conscious. In his dreams, the attention could never be focused on more than just one detail, and often everything’s all fuzzy, so he projects those feelings and observations onto the canvas.
‘’My greatest satisfaction as a painter is when I feel the painting is brought to fulfillment.’’ Benjamin considers himself a full-time painter, but his dedication to art is far greater than simply occupational. He is on a quest of creating new worlds by mixing the unconscious with the conscious, expressing what lies deeply within himself and adding his conscious thoughts and memories to the process. The visual result is captivating and slightly disturbing, but satisfying on both primal and conscious level. – Wide Walls
Born in 1986, Caracas, Venezuela
2006-2010 B.F.A. Instituto de Diseño de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela
December, 2017 – Scope Art Show, Thinkspace Gallery booth.
June, 2017 – & Gallery Miami, A Black Ship Moment, curated by Black Ship Gallery
November, 2016 – The Brand Library & Art Center, curated by Thinkspace Gallery
February, 2016 – Corey Helford Gallery Los Angeles in the “Below the surface group show
February, 2016 – POW! WOW! Hawaii Curated by Thinkspace Gallery
February, 2016 – LA Art Fair Los Angeles, with Smash Gallery
December, 2015 – Abend Gallery, Denver. Collective exhibition: 25th Annual Miniatures Show
November, 2015 – Smash Gallery, San Francisco. Collective exhibition: Holiday group show
August, 2015 – Abend Gallery, Denver. Collective exhibition: Edge of Realism
April, 2014 – Affordable Art Fair of New York, with One Art Space Gallery
February, 2013 – La Ventana Artkao Gallery. Collective exhibition: Novísimos
Opening Sept. 15, 2018 – Solo show at Thinkspace Projects, Los Angeles
Current and Previous Works by Benjamin Garcia
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