CHRISTIPHER A. BENAVIDES   "The Good Steward"    18" x 14"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $ 825.   - Available for presale but must remain through the end of show -

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Chris Benavides is enthusiastically pursuing his second creative career. A representational painter, Chris loves painting people and images that inspire and point to the beauty of creation. He works in oil in the direct method and when not in his studio can usually be found at his local art center, happily painting from a live model every week. Chris strives to be an all-around painter, but his main focus has been on painting the figure and portrait, learning through the workshop experience under several great figurative painters, including Stanka Kordic, Bryce Liston, Jeffrey Watts, and Daniel Gerhartz. Chris graduated from Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, and at 20 was hired as a designer and illustrator with American Greetings in his first professional endeavor and enjoyed a long career there before leaving to pursue his own artistic goals. He is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, and the Portrait Society of America, and his paintings have been juried into several local and national exhibitions. Chris does private commissions and has had paintings purchased by American Greetings to be a part of their permanent corporate collection. He currently lives in Avon Lake, Ohio with his wife Tina.