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Meet Gabriela Benatar of Benatart in San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriela Benatar.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Gabriela. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m 32 years old and I was born in Caracas – Venezuela. I started when I was very little, my mom used to be an artist so by watching her paint, I fell in love with art and decided to study illustration. At first, my dream was to work in Pixar but once I graduated I decided instead to start doing something more free with no rules or guidelines and was then when I started doing my own thing, inspired by what I love the most (waves, surf and tropical flowers) I began painting surfboards in Venezuela and working freelance designing fabrics patterns for a bunch of clothing brands, national and international. I also had other cool projects like painting an airplane. Everything was going well for me but because of the situation that my country was going through, I has to explore other options if I wanted to keep growing in my career.

In 2016, I did my first mural in Wynwood Miami, FL for The Miami Biennale and after that, my whole life changed, hahaha literally. I felt in love with doing large scale paintings (murals) and was then when I decided to move to Wynwood, one on the capitals of street art in the world, where now I have more than 25 murals around the area.
Miami was pretty cool, it help me grow a lot as an artist but something else was missing for me. I grew up in a tropical country surrounded by nature with my feet covered in sand, and Miami is not quite like that, I was working a lot but I was lacking inspiration and that’s was brought me to California seeking for the lifestyle that I wanted closer to nature.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it haven’t been easy. I come from a country that’s pretty much a mess in every sense. I had to make the decision of leaving my family and moving away to follow my dreams because I knew I had no future back In Venezuela. So it was kind of hard for me to arrive with almost nothing to start from zero in a foreign country, luckily I had the support from friends and some family who has help me to get where I am today. Miami is the perfect place for Latin American artist to go and make themselves known, so thanks to that you can find your self sounded by so many talented artists and it can the tough because people are not always trying to grow together but to see you as a competition.

Please tell us more about your art.
Benatar is just my artistic name, I wouldn’t call it a company. I specialize in large scale art like murals, I’m known for painting waves and tropical flowers in a very simple and elegant way. I also do lots of collabs with clothes brands and surfboards brands. What makes me the proudest is to see how far I’ve come in my career and to go back and see all the things that I’ve accomplished by waking every day and working hard to follow my dreams. Because ifs there’s something I believe in is that talent without hard work is just wanted talent.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Hahahaha well, I just moved here six months ago so this is “my big change” I have a couple of projects coming soon here in California, one is a collaboration with Higher Standards up in Malibu and little by little will see what this year has to offer. With all this COVID thing the future ins pretty uncertain.

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Melissa Montoya photography

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