Benedicto Reyes Cabrera — or BenCab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. He was born in Manila on April 10, 1942. BenCab began carving a niche for himself in Manila’s art circles shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines in 1963.
A painter and printmaker, he has exhibited widely in the Philippines and in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has won several major art awards in a career spanning four decades. In 1992, he received the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts).
In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanan Palace.
His works have been the subject of three books, Ben Cabrera: Etchings (1970-1980) by Cid Reyes; Bencab’s Rock Sessions by Eric Caruncho; and BENCAB by Alfred Yuson and Cid Reyes.
The artist lives and works in Baguio City.
It was a pretty pretty place. We spent more than an hour in the place just looking at art pieces and taking pics in the backyard part. Here are some pics.
We actually got to meet BenCab himself. But when it was time for our photoshot, the parentals (and their friends) decided that it's time to see the artwork. Madaya! :P So here's their pic with BenCab instead. (That's him in the middle wearing a cap).
The outside parking wall was full of graffitis as well. Here's one I actually liked...
Anyangay he says... Anyare I say :P