Erick Antonio Benitez (b.1988, Bronx, NY) is a Salvadorian-American multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer and curator based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has exhibited work at Connor Smith Gallery (DC), The Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Baltimore City Hall Gallery (MD), Greenpoint Gallery (NY), Real Milk Studios (GA), Gaddis Geeslin Gallery (TX), Strange Fire Collective (CO), Metafora Studio Arts (Barcelona, ES) and Simultan Festival (Timisoara, RO). His work has been reviewed by The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, BmoreArt, The American Scholar, Baltimore City Paper, What Weekly and a few publications including the first and sixth issue of BmoreArt Magazine, Let’s Talk Live (WJLA), and Hyrsteria Zine Vol. 2. Benitez is also a recipient of the 2016 Ruby Artist Project grant, The Contemporary: Grit Fund 2, Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award and has work included in private collections around the Mid-Atlantic region and abroad. In 2018, Benitez received the MASB Travel Artist Award, the Janet and Walter Sondheim Award and participated in The Studios residency at MASS MoCA.
His work primarily consists of new media installations, video, performance, painting and sound. Through multimedia methods, Benitez’s work examines intersecting perspectives of the human condition, nature and mysticism. He creates immersive multisensory installations that invites the audience into intimate and reflective environments, giving space to explore dialogues of the human experience in relation to identity, culture, and the natural world. His video, movement, and sound performances are often a culmination of ritualistic approaches that focus on the parallels between nature and mysticism (or concerning the spiritual). His process is driven by experimentation of both the physical and digital world through visual and sound sensory. The bases of his multimedia work originates from an interactive research process, where he often travels to site-specific locations to gather found objects, sound field recordings and video documentation. During his travels he often creates ritual land offerings composed of natural found objects and performances as way to reconnect and embody the surrounding bodies of nature.