Creativity Explored
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Creativity Explored

Antonio Benjamin

Antonio Benjamin (b. 1981) is known for rendering nudes. Working in traditional media such as colored pencils, acrylic, and ink, appeals to Benjamin because he likes to have a large array of colors to work with to create his iconic groups of flavored nude people.

Benjamin remarks, "My work is about a group of people. Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla people, they all think different. The chocolate people, they are really black, but I just call them chocolate." 

He also makes digital artwork. The prints that he produces illustrate experiments in scale and repetition for aesthetically interesting results. Benjamin's digital prints were chosen to adorn a limited edition tote bag and a pillow produced by CB2, one of our community art partners. In both digital and traditional media, Benjamin often depicts African American people and churches, reflecting his community and culture. Flashing his trademark bright smile, he says this subject matter is important and inspiring to him, “because of our history.”

Print Bio

Samples of Benjamin's work





Selected Exhibitions

2016
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

2014
Way Out West, Mission District, San Francisco, CA
West Coasts, Museum of La Creation Franche, Begles, France

2012
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Seeing Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Naked, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Nature Rules, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA