ABOUT BENJAMIN Born in 1977 in Clearwater Florida, Benjamin has been trained in Florence, Italy and the SF Academy of Art University (BFA). His work was first presented in the De Young Museum of Fine Arts ‘Emerging Artists Exhibition’ of 2001. He has been creating monumental oil paintings since 2002 and has been recognized for his portraiture by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Benjamin was selected by Converse for a national ad campaign as their All Star artist and his work was the subject of a presentation on London’s Channel 4 TV. He has shown work nationally and internationally including solo and group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Venice and LA. He currently works and lives in Santa Barbara, Ca.