Erik Benjamins is a Los Angeles-based visual artist. His practice is concept-driven, materially unfaithful, and unapologetically optimistic. He received his MFA in Studio Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University and a BA in Communication Studies and Studio Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Recent collaborators include a few nationally respected Angeleno chefs, a husband and wife duo of singers, and a classically trained perfumer. He has exhibited in museums, galleries, alternative art spaces, and a restaurant.
As a cultural producer, Erik explores how our comforts and expectations shift as we move between the home and away place. To this end, he’s inspired by the homebody and the hungry tourist. These are models towards an embodied education that is sensually swayed, intimately defined, and rather unpredictable.
Erik’s time at SFAI during the Food & Justice themed residency was profoundly inspiring. He became fixated on local uses of “mañana” and realized a trio of works on the topic titled “En la tierra del mañana” that were exhibited at a group exhibition on food and art at Turf Projects in South London. Commissioned to write an essay for Art 21 Magazine, Erik wrote about happiness as it emerged in the Girard Collection at the Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art. Whether for work, or for holiday, Erik looks forward to returning to Santa Fe and New Mexico at large.