Artist Bio

Born and raised in Los Angeles. Started going out to the construction yard at a young age. Followed his father build businesses from the ground up and learned various construction skills.

 

This led to the development of Ben’s craftsmanship and problem solving skills.

 

Unfortunately, Josephine, his older sister, had been battling mental health issues and past away 

by suicide. For years, his family had been unable to move on. However, while focusing on art, Ben found a way out of grief and was picked up by California College of the Arts with a full scholarship.

 

 He has committed his life to creating art, to produce awareness of the invisible pain of depression.

 

Everything he makes is dedicated to Josephine.

Artist Statement

My family has 9 suicides, that I know of and experienced directly.

I want to use my art to help those who are in pain, and empower the meek. I want to give the unheard a voice. I want to show those who are suffering from depression, loneliness, fear, and anxiety, that life can be beautiful. I want to reflect and show other loss survivors, that its ok to move on, and forgive yourself

“bridge across the black hole of trauma” (Bloom, 1996). - "Trauma Theory Abbrev."

"raver's manifesto"