Gavin Andrew Benjamin combines a passion for painting, photography, printmaking, and product design in his creative process. Born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he began experimenting with many mediums. His current works utilize multimedia to focus on his long interest in flowers and courtly painting traditions.
Early in his career, Benjamin worked with infamous American Vogue portrait photographer Arnold Newman, who inspired Benjamin to elicit the personality of his subjects. Benjamin produced photo shoots for Esquire Magazine, fashion house Kenneth Cole’s national campaigns, and Neiman Marcus’s ‘The Book’. Additionally, Benjamin created “718”, his signature furniture and lifestyle brand that included benches, credenzas, tables, and a line of rugs made in Nepal for Tissage Du Monde.
Benjamin’s various fine art and designs have been featured in numerous national publications and digital press, including Interior Design, ID Magazine’s ICFF Picks, Interior Design’s Spring Market Tabloid –inclusion in an 8–page interior design feature on rugs and carpets, The Washington Post, Clear, City Magazine, V Magazine, Pittsburgh Post–Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and curator’s selection in Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review.