Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas & Interview

A glimpse of the ethereal here as we focus on Los Angeles based artist Roberto Benavidez and his glorious Hieronymus Bosch inspired Piñatas.

A wondrous weave of both Mexican and Medieval European influences, It’s not often one stumbles across work as fabulously genre-bending.

Intrigued, I contacted Roberto to find out more…

Roberto Benavidez - Bosch Bird no3

You have a wonderfully enchanting style, can you give an insight into your background and route to becoming an artist/sculptor?

I grew up a closeted gay boy in rural South Texas. There wasn’t much available in terms of art education apart from the performing arts so that is the route I pursued initially. I had always been drawn to crafts like sewing, embroidery and collage but it wasn’t until my mid-20s that I began to entertain the idea of pursuing a career as a sculptor. It really coincided with my coming out fully as a gay man and embracing what my true passions were. Over time I’ve moved from clay to metal casting, to paper, mainly sticking to figurative forms.

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

I’d rank your Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas as some of freshest work I’ve seen for a long time, where did the initial idea spring from?

Thanks, that’s very kind of you to say. I’ve had this idea for some time now. I’ve always been a fan of Bosch. The idea of blending this traditional Mexican craft with Bosch’s imagery was quite exciting to me, something a bit outside the typical piñata imagery. There is also the context behind each being rooted in sin so I thought it to be the perfect pairing. I also felt like this bleeding of cultural artistic forms was in a way representative of me as mixed-race.

Roberto Benavidez Bosch bird no2

Obviously no need to reveal all, but can you possibly reveal some of the processes involved in rendering your creations, and an idea in the timescales involved?

I use traditional piñata making methods to create my piñata sculptures: a paper mache form covered in crepe paper fringe. Since everything is done by hand it takes many hours to create one piece. The 6 foot Bosch giraffe took a good week to sculpt and about 2 – 3 weeks of fringing. I work alone and can be quite obsessive, so over time I’ve come to where I place each individual piece of serrated fringe separately, which is a crazy thought but the results can be spectacular. Even the creation of the fringe alone is very time-consuming, sometimes combining multiple layers in many steps to achieve a desired color or texture – all before even applying to the paper mache form.

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

In addition to your 3d work your obviously equally accomplished as a 2d Artist, do you have a preference for one or the other or are they intrinsically linked?

I much prefer sculpting to 2-d work. It is something that I have learned comes quite naturally to me and I trust my instincts more in the 3-d form. Most 2-d projects I approach more as studies.

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

Is there a particular piece your particularly pleased with, and why so?

My last piece is always my favorite. It sometimes feels like my connection to a piece wanes the further time moves me away from the creation of it. I find I am always excited for the next piece – thankfully this does not carry over to my personal life. 😉

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

Do you work with any digital aids or are the processes entirely analogue?

Well, I am able to print very small details from The Garden of Earthly Delights because there is now a large file available online – does that count? I usually use printouts and comps of images to use as reference for most of my sculptural work. But there is no 3-d scaling work or anything like that.

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

Could you give us a clue to future projects you have lined up or wish to try?

It’s hard to say what project I’ll be working on next. I have many concepts in mind and will see what project pulls me.

Finally, do you have any upcoming Shows / Exhibitions coming up? (and if so where)

Not at this time but I hope to have news about that relatively soon?

Many Thanks, Roberto!

Roberto Benavidez – Hieronymus Bosch Piñatas

**

As a footnote to the feature and a testament to the supreme craftsmanship Roberto deploys, here are some of the painted creatures taken some of Hieronymus Bosch’s original nightmarish masterpiece ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’.

Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

 

 

Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

Finally to see more of Roberto’s breathtaking creations and check his latest work visit his portfolio site at robertobenavidez.com or follow via instagram.com/roberto_benavidez

SaveSave

SaveSave

The Art of Ian Miller

The Art of Ian Miller

The Art of Ian Miller

Titan Publishing got in touch asking if I’d Interview British Illustrator Ian Miller to coincide with the launch of ‘The Art of Ian Miller’ a 160 page compendium spanning four decades.

The book, put together by both Ian Miller and Tom Whyte is loaded with over 300 pieces of Ian’s totally unique work and is backed up with detailed descriptions on the creative process, inspiration and general artistic philosophy. Suffice to say It’s a must read for any serious fantasy or sci-fi illustration aficionado. Here’s the feature.

It’s rare to come across a piece of art that really moves me. This odyssey of distortion does just that.

Unnerving, strangely touching and certainly one of the most spellbinding and hallucinatory 5 minutes of music video your ever likely to see. This is but a taster of Luke Wyatt’s ‘Sad Stonewash’ (a Video Mulch) a 40 minute sojourn into the abyss of VHS.

“Video Mulch” is Wyatt’s trademark form of extreme analog Video Processing, created using a combo of outdated analogue and digital tools.

Selected Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Covers Part 1

'Nightmare Blue' Art by Justin Todd 1975

A varied selection of retro SF and Fantasy book art. Sci-Fi-O-Rama was pretty much built upon the back of posting forgotten book and games art, so with a renaissance in blog activity what better than to revisit the archives and excerpt another sampler.

What’s most fascinating with each of these examples is though the whole might not always fully hit the mark there’s always something of interest or worthy for reference. This then might be a style of colouring, a technique in rendering, the choice and application of a typeface, or even something as obscure as the design of a motif. In short even the most subtle fragment of detailing can flick a creative switch, it’s all about your own imagination. That isn’t however to say that every Sci-Fi book cover has merit – au contraire – they most certainly do not. But that’s what we’re here for, to filter and serve only the very finest…

Jean_Giraud_Moebius_Starwatcher_1

This is a belated tribute post to the late, great Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius and whom sadly, as I’m sure you know has recently passed away, following an extended battle with cancer. A gloomy time for the highest echelon of visual futurists, following the recent death of Starwars designer and visionary Ralph McQuarrie, another brilliant blinding light flickers and fades.

1 2 3 4 13