Born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, Gavin Benjamin received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently resides in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Early on, an internship with legendary photographer Arnold Newman fueled his passion for photography and led him to other opportunities working for photographers, including Stephen Meisel and Kelly Klein. He gained valuable experience working as a photo editor for Hachette, Filipacchi, and Esquire Magazines, as well as Kenneth Cole Productions, Sony Style, Neiman Marcus, and Time Life – all of which seeded his inspiration and creativity for fashion, design, and photo-based art that could evoke a mood.
Benjamin combines original analog photography and appropriated images with collage, paint, varnish, and Swarovski crystals to create a mash up of couture art. He is highly influenced by the way culture, media, politics, fashin, and design interact, and his artwork asks questions that confront a man of color in America today.
His artwork has appeared in prominent galleries and art fairs both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include the Architectural Digest Design Show, ArtHamptons, The LA Art Show, and Scope Miami.
Benjamin’s various fine art works, home accessories, and designs have been featured in in numerous national publications including; City Magazine, Clear Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, ICFF Picks, Spring Market Tabloid, New Glass Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, V Magazine, and The Washington Post.
View Gavin Benjamin's 2019 Aqua Art Miami Beach artwork on Artsy and Stay Tuned for his Upcoming BoxHeart Exhibition 2020!