Roberto Benavidez Exhibit to be Featured in Art Gallery

March 01, 2023 - 11:57 AM

In the Garden: Piñatas
A solo exhibition of work by Roberto Benavidez
March 2 - April 6, 2023
Diana Berger Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tue/Wed/Fri 10am - 1pm
Thurs 1-4pm, Sat. March 18 1-4pm

Creatures with eerily human features drawn from medieval illuminated manuscripts, animals
plucked from Hieronymus Bosch’s Early Renaissance triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights,
birds with latent agendas simmering just below the surface – these are the droll, enigmatic
beings that populate East L.A. based artist Roberto Benavidez’s mystical garden of piñatas.

A self-described “half-breed, South Texan, queer, figurative sculptor specializing in the piñata
form” Benavidez’s work playfully explores themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor,
ephemerality and beauty. In the Garden: Piñatas places characters from multiple interrelated
series of Benavidez’s oeuvre together in one place, with several just completed works on view
for the first time.

Roberto Benavidez has exhibited nationally; notably with a solo exhibition at AD&A Museum, Santa Barbara, CA (2019), and group exhibitions at Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA (2022-23), Craft in America, Los Angeles, CA (2021), Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA (2019), Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA (2019) and Avenue 50 Studio.

Curator Phoebe Millerwhite is the Director of the Diana Berger Gallery and an adjunct professor at Mt SAC.

Admission is free and open to the public

Diana Berger Gallery, Mt. San Antonio College
1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA 91789
Building 1B/C Room 10
Parking in Student Lot A
To RSVP for an event and to schedule an exhibition tour, please email Phoebe Millerwhite at
General Information: (909) 520-2157
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 4:30 - 7:30pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 23, 1:30pm
Gallery Hours: Tue/Wed/Fri 10am - 1pm
Thurs 1-4pm, Sat. March 18 1-4pm