23 — Roberto Benavidez
Roberto Benavidez is a sculptor who has specialization in the piñata form. At Pasadena City College he had classes of figure sculpting, where he expanded and explored the training he already had in bronze casting.
Later he started to use paper to constuct the sculptures, due to a need of a more accessible material. With effect, this led him to return to a childhood memory, the piñata. Then, focused in this technique. Through his works, he explores the themes of race and sin in a subjacent way, as a result of being a mixed-race queer artist. Benavidez’s sculptures have been featured and exhibited in numerous group and solo shows.