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Antonio Benjamin

Antonio Benjamin (1981-2019) was known for his cheeky nudes that can be read as exploring intersections of race, gender, and identity. Traditional media such as colored pencils, acrylic, and ink appealed to Benjamin because he liked to have a large array of colors available when creating his iconic groups of flavored nude people. Benjamin once remarked, "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." 

In both digital and traditional media, Benjamin often depicted African American people and churches, reflecting his community and culture. Flashing his trademark bright smile, he said this subject matter is important and inspiring to him “because of our history.” Benjamin passed away in April 2019 but his critical and intriguing artwork will be celebrated at CE for many years to come.

 See more of Benjamin's work on Artsy.

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Samples of Benjamin's work





Selected Exhibitions

2017
Exposed, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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