Benjamin Junta lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He employs a variety of media - oils and acrylics, spray paint, stencils, collage, found objects, tree bark, beach sand, clothing, street detritus, photographs, digital media, and written words.
A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, his artistic studies began with Squeek Carnwath at the University of California, Davis, as well as at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.
His early works were largely influenced by Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn, and then by his study with the painters Wolf Kahn at The Santa Fe Art Institute (in the Hans Hoffman tradition of "push-pull"), Bernard Chaet, and the teachings of Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche as studied at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provinctown, MA. He also studied at The Vermont Studio Center with the British painter John Walker, as well as with American still life painter William Bailey. He has exhibited on the East Coast, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, as well as at Stanford University and other locations in Northern California. Most recently he has exhibited his paintings with Hale Arts Space in Santa Monica, CA, the Palos Verdes Art Center in Palos Verdes, CA, Siren 6500 in Hollywood, CA, SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena, CA, Resin Art Space in Hermosa Beach, CA and with Serena and Lily - www.serenaandlily.com. His work is in both private and corporate collections.
Ben is a multi-discplinary painter. He was trained clasically, and at one point for a decade did not return to landscape painting, as he exclusively explored abstract/non representational painting. But in relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, he was spending free time surfing the many areas in Southern California, and just fell back in love with the beauty of what he was seeing in the water or on his way driving to surf locations. Simply, one day he set up an easel outdoors, and thus returned to his roots. Today he keeps his mind open by painting in both non-representational and representational modes. He teaches outdoor plein air classes with his art school - The Southbay Plein Air Art Academy. Click this link for details.