Benjamin ‘Benjam’ Goens is an American artist based out of Arizona. He gained an early appreciation for art during his childhood while watching his father and grandmother paint with oils. During his university studies he focused on the art of classical antiquity, the Italian and Northern Renaissance, as well as, a variety of styles and museum works by the Old Masters.
He has also been fascinated with hip-hop culture and graffiti for several years and eventually followed the evolution of the street art movement. In 2014, he began experimenting with stencils and ultimately production of his own mutli-layered artwork. Since then, Benjam has shown extensively in the Phoenix area and has participated in group exhibitions in the UK. His painting “Play Ball” was acquired for the collection at the Mesa Historical Museum as part of the AZ Spring Training Experience exhibit.
Benjam focuses primarily on creating original works with hand-cut stencils, mixed media, acrylic and aerosol paints on canvas, as well as other found objects. Over the last two years he has dedicated himself to learning to cut intricate stencils to create the most realistic depictions of his subjects often taken from Art History.
His intention with every completed work is to breathe new life into past designs, ideas, and innovations exhibited in contrast of “old meets new” on the canvas. “I want to capture images that teach history through art and give those images life in a modern world,” said Benjam, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Art History from Arizona State University. “The challenge, I find, when reconstructing any image from the past, is to capture it in all it’s former glory, but to make it my own.”
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