Roberto Benavidez‘s Work


Roberto Benavidez was drawn to art at an early age but was raised in rural South Texas, where there was little access to a visual arts education. He pursued his secondary interest in acting and earned his BFA from Texas State University. After a few years of moderate acting success in the Texas market, Benavidez found himself returning to his original passion for the visual arts and headed west to California. He reorientated himself with classes at Pasadena City College in sculpting, drawing and painting. He expanded his training into bronze casting, where he initially worked in an abstract, figurative style and exhibited in group shows. He changed his primary medium to paper and now specializes in fantastical and whimsical piñata-based sculpture. His most notable series, Piñatas of Earthly Delights, is based on the fanciful creatures that roam Hieronymus Bosch’s epic painting, Garden of Earthly Delights, and was featured at the Art, Design and Architecture Museum on the campus of the University of California in Santa Barbara. Benavidez’s sculptures have been featured in national, international and on-line publications, including Artsy, Atlas Obscura,, Hyperallergic, Politiken, and This Is Colossal. Benavidez has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo shows.

Artist Statement

Half-breed, South Texan, queer, figurative sculptor specializing in the piñata form; playing on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor and beauty.