Bio for Jose Benavides  

Born in Edinburg, Tejas, raised in the grape fields of California, educated as a Mechanical Engineer and Artist at Cal State Sacramento, transplanted to Arizona where an MFA in Studio Art was earned at Arizona State University.  

I have always known that I was going to be an artist, though ignorant of the role of an artist in society until I took college level art courses.  While perusing a Mechanical Engineering degree I realized my niche was to develop art that conceptually used both sides of the brain. Arizona Commission on the Arts

  • I have been on the Arizona Commission for the Arts Roster teaching as an Artist in Residence since 1996.

  • Exhibited art in local and national galleries since 1983

  • Taught Art at the college, high school, and elementary school level



Objective:  Excite People's Minds! 

Teaching Experience:

  • Art teacher Hamilton High CUSD # 80 2010-2011

  • Teach teachers the development of Art projects for increasing learning and retention in students with Math, Reading, Writing, and Geography. The GALEF Institute, a national organization. 2003 - 2005

  • Graduate Student Arizona State University 3D design, Sculpture 1, 1994-95

  • Spatial Relationships: a summer art course at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo co-teach with James Turrel 86

Grants, Fellowships and Awards:

  • Project funding from Arizona Commission on the Arts   2008

  • Project funding from National Association of Latino Arts and Culture 2005

  • Invitation from the Washington White House Christmas sculpture 2003

  • Commissioned to do a tile mural 18 ft tall St Anne Church Gilbert, Az. 2003

  • Commissioned to do life size bronze  -- St    Church Gilbert Az. 1999

  • Honorarium Summer Arts program 86 Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, Ca.

Exhibitions/ Commissions:

  • Solstice Festival Seattle Art Car Blow Out -- 2013

  • Vision Gallery Chandler, Az. 2009-2012

    Arizona Latino Art Center, 147 E. Adams St. Phoenix, Arizona 2009-2012

  • Heard Museum Central Ave, Phoenix Arizona 2009-2012

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona 1999, 2009

  • Tempe History Museum Tempe, Arizona 2009-2013

  • Tempe Art Center, Rio Salado Way Tempe, Arizona  2009-2011

  • Xico Gallery 47 N. Arizona, Ave. Chandler, Arizona 2009-2012

  • Chandler, Arizona Sculpture Invitational 2007-2008

  • ASU Tempe, Arizona Harry Wood Gallery 2006

  • San Jose Fine Art Museum San Jose California. 2003, 2005

  • Mesa Art Center Mesa, Arizona Installation 2005, 2008, 2012

  • City of Tempe Temporary Bus Shelter Installation 2005 (public art)

  • City of Phoenix Temporary Installation at Central Library 2005 (public art)

  • Houston Texas First place winner of The Orange Show Art Car Exhibition 2004

  • One man show at the Momar Gallery, Brian st. San Francisco California. 2003

  • One man show at West El Paso Gallery El Paso Texas 2001

  • One man show at: Magulandia Artist Colony Pomona, California. 2000

Books and movies:

  • ‘Automorphasis’ by Harrod Blank 2011

  • Monster Nation Book featured: Madonna sculpture, full page 2005

  • Art Cars by Harrod Blank 2007


  • M.F.A. Fine Arts Arizona State University, May 1996

  • B.A. in Art California State University Sacramento May 1983

  • B. S.  Mechanical Engineering California State University Sacramento May 1983

  • Arizona Teachers Certificate, Art / Secondary 2008

Engineering Background:

  • Design flight hardware and prototype devices for the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California
     while contracted Comarco Engineering 1983-88

  • Supervised a Drafting Department for Comarco Engineering Co. 1983-88

  • Designed manufacturing equipment for Quadri Corp. 1988-90

  • Designed manufacturing equipment at Mexican plants for Rogers Corp. 1990-92




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