Eric Antonio Benitez
My current series of paintings is focused on the kinship between drawing and painting through methods of improvisation, layering, and the use of digital references. Using an array of mediums, such as acrylic, airbrush, charcoal, collage, and ink, this body of work explores the surface quality of paint by preserving its initial application in some areas while building up multiple layers in other areas to give the surface a more refined quality and rendering. Conceptually, these works examine intersecting narratives of contemporary culture, identity, memory, personal mythologies, and the natural world around us. Often the imagery portrayed in these paintings expresses vignettes of the human condition within the context of overlapping mythological symbols that shape the micro and macro lenses.