As a child, Benny used to wake up very early and spend hours drawing with markers. He'd leave the completed masterworks at the door to his parents' bedroom as a surprise for them when they woke up. These usually ended up attached to the refrigerator with magnets.
His first camera was a 110, with those weird old cartridges. He used to take pictures of construction going on in his suburban CT neighborhood, as well as the neighborhood cats. Since then he's added 35mm, Lomo, digital and Polaroid cameras to his toolkit.
Benny was lucky enough to have art classes available in his public middle and junior high schools. That's now a luxury that few public schools can afford.
Benny won a few local photography competitions. His camera bag is still the same one he won when he was 17, with a delicate black & white photograph taken at the end of his street: a farm and a delapitated barbed-wire fence in a snowstorm. The negative for that image has been lost to time and the only print, the one that won the competition, is hanging in his father's house in CT. At some point Benny will retrieve that print and scan it in so that it can be sold here on this website.
Benny took full advantage of the art program at his expensive high school, taking photography, Photoshop and drawing classes, amongst others.
After high school, Benny went walkabout for a year. Time was spent in the Australian outback as well as at an Ecole des Beaux Arts in the south of France. The town, Lacoste, was crowned by a crumbling chateau that once belonged to the Marquis de Sade.
Benny thought that was very amusing and broke into the chateau one night with his American friends. The ghosts chased them out.
After a year of 'finding himself', Benny went on to Vassar and majored in Studio Art.
Benny then graduated and moved to NYC, got married and is currently living in Spanish Harlem.
He's worked a string of jobs, gained life experience, grown up a bit.
But he still loves doing art.
Benny hopes you enjoy that which gives him such pleasure, the one thing that has remained constant throughout his life: his artwork.