Los Angeles artist Roberto Benavidez has reimagined characters from Hieronymus Bosch’s work in an likely sculptural form: piñatas. These life-sized versions of figures from Bosch works like “The Garden of Earthly Delights” bring 15-century sensibilities into three-dimensional existence. The work blends both traditional Mexican and European influences.
Benavidez recalls an early interest in art but was “raised in rural South Texas with very little access to any art education.” Years later, he found himself drawn back: “After a few years of moderate acting success in the Texas market, Benavidez found himself drawn back to sculpture and headed west to California,” a statement says. “He reorientated himself with art classes at Pasadena City College in sculpting, drawing and painting, extending into bronze casting where he initially worked in an abstract, figurative style and exhibited in group shows. He now specializes in sculpturally elegant and fantastical piñatas.”
See some of Benavidez’s “painting piñatas” below.