Work and Progress

June 2, 2012

Welcome! This blog is dedicated to my art experiences by way of the art making process, visits, exhibitions, and travel.

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On this site you can also find a Visual Archive of the following:

1. Rolling City a Graphic Short in Block Prints

2. Sketchbooks/journal work

June 8, 2019

Not a protest Artist but Making Work in Protest.

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I have never considered myself a political artist or protest painter, although in the past several years, my work has been a direct response to current events and attitudes sparked by the backward, racist rhetoric of our current president. His public declarations toward immigrants and healthcare, to name a few things, has nudged me toward making works that highlight issues most people would rather avoid than confront. I understand that some find it easier to look away, but at what cost? Hate-mongering, displacement, rise of white-supremacist violence, rise of gun violence, identity-oppression are issues that are a part of what is happening in our contemporary American culture. These are not subjects I’d rather be painting about but how could I not.  I am not content with the language that the president and his cabinet openly use towards people of color, ( Mexican and African-Americans) the tax the breaks he provides for the rich or his fascist, policies that reflect his privileged personality. So, for the time being I will continue to make work like this. Stay tuned.



First solo exhibition post Trump inauguration, the work is Changed for the better in my opinion.


Raised on American Rhetoric, reduction-block on paper 2019

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Pre-Trump painting: El Nino, Oil and egg tempera on panel, 2016

I can not believe what you SaySmall

“Cannot believe what you say cause I see what you Do” -James Baldwin, Reduction Block on paper.


The Trump Suite quotes: “Shoot Somebody” screen- print on paper, 2018

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June 4, 2019

Mexi Cali Biennale 2018

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Honored to be a part of 2018 Mexicali Biennale exhibition: Manifesting Terrestrial Paradise at the Robert and Francis Fullerton Museum of Art. So many great artist and amazing works represented. Here is a brief look at images from the reception. [

Group shot.



The Fam. Jesse, Joanna and Me Gary.

December 4, 2017

Painters Protest and Featured in KCET Artbound

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Fellow painters Eric Almanza , Frank Franco and I decided to put an exhibition together that was to be a protest of works against the current presidency (in 2017). This was a group exhibition that  brought together 15 collective voices (woman and men) to protest the first 100 days of 45th farce of a president, through the medium of painting.  After the exhibition Almanza and myself were brought into another show, E-Pluribus Unum, from many One, curated by Henry Ramos. The exhibition and the effort was featured on KCET’s Artbound in the summer of 2017. link bellow.

Art as Resistance: Chicano Artist in the time of Trump article



Image from

Chicano Studies Brochure at Cerritos College

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One of the highlights of the 2017 year for me was being asked to contribute to the new Chicano Studies program, at Cerritos College. Big thanks to C.S. department, chair Professor Carlos Arce.  Here is a pic of my image on the Chicano Studies Brochure.

This is an image  from a series of works based on the theme, The Children of Immigrants and those who become positive role models in the U.S. I attempt to represent these individuals with dignity rather that stigmatizing.

Chicano Studies

July 4, 2017

Poster Concepts from Chicano Steel

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Chicano Steel was a controversial yet successful fundraiser that was put on in October of 2016 in Highland Park, by a group of public practice and studio artists from the Los Angeles area on behalf of the Avenue 50 Studio. The event was influenced by “Monster Drawing Rally” started by the S.F. based, Southern Exposure.

The name Chicano Steel was decided based on the idea that there is strength in the community that comes through Avenue 50 Studio and we wanted our own people, locals to be apart of the monster-drawing event.

The name became controversial as some artist and patrons felt as though it may bring negative connotation to the community. Frankly, I found that to be the fuckin point. When does popular thought not make the Latino community controversial? Despite the brief debate we pushed forward with the name.

From there, I began to rough out some sketches and paintings to find the right image for the event. The following are some of the rejected, concepts for Chicano Steel, as well as the final image.

The fundraiser met it’s financial goal for the event as well as got coverage from some notable media sites.The image was posted and shared that season by media platforms such as KCRW’s 5 things to do, such as”, Artillery Magazine and the L.A. Weekly, to name a few.



Final Image used to promote show. We wanted an image that folks would stop to look at and connect with the event.


Chicano Steel reduction-block idea using Loteria card icons. Lino reduction on paper 2016. The reduction block didn’t really work but I had to start somewhere.



Frida at Ave 50 Studio, Acrylic on Panel, 2016.  This idea started out as the Mona Lisa holding, purchased-art from Avenue 50 studio.. but that resulted in a debate about colonization and gentrification, so I turned her into Frida Kahlo. but still….it got scrapped.


Chicano Steel Event Video by Genessis Martinez




Some of the crew 2016.




August 19, 2016

The Devil and Tomás Benditos: New Works on view @ Ave 50 Studio

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“Hell is empty all the devils are here.” –William Shakespeare.

My images are inspired by mythologies and personal stories. The people in the paintings are part of me in some way. I paint people of color in order to represent diversity in Los Angeles and contemporary painting.  This particular body of work is influenced by fear of racial/social, political dystopia. It’s hard not to be affected by today’s political climate when the omnipresence of social media allows you to experience things in real time. Inhumanity that exists in our world has never been more visible or downloadable. The landscape is dark, skies are churning, and the Devil is blown in. Though the images are mythologized they don’t seem so far from what can actually be.

New Exhibition Opens September 10, 2016:  Avenue 50 Studio Gallery

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“Hell is empty all the devils are here.” Oil and xix media on panel, 2016


December 30, 2015


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I have been away from my blog spot throughout 2015 but it has not been in vain. A life in the arts has kept this man busy.

In 2014, I officially became a professor of Art after 10 years of being a part-time instructor.

I have an new website: which can be accessed from the original site.  (click on the decal that says “Check out latest work) The new site showcases recent works, bio and resume.

I will be having a Solo Exhibition of new work at Avenue 50 Studio in fall of 2016.  This will be my third exhibition with Avenue 50 Studio, second Solo show. (To view the work from 2014 exhibitions, click on link below.)

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      BBQ and Icon, oil on panel 2015 Private Collection

Ave50 Studio: Algunaparte: 2 Person Exhibition by Phung X Huynh /Sergio Teran 2014

Ave50 Studio: Otra Taza De Cafe: Day of the Dead Prints by Sergio Teran

October 1, 2014

Cajitas y Recuerdos: Cigar-Box Shrines Exhibition at Ave 50 Oct. 11th 2014

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Wrestler Shrine AVE50



Cajitas y Recuerdos: Cigar Box Shrines (Little Boxes and Memories) will commemorate the long-held tradition of the Day of the Dead through a show devoted entirely to cigar-box shrines. Our theme is purposely broad; the work from our artists explore pertinent social, political, personal and/or spiritual concepts through a cigar-box shrine.

Opening Night Reception: Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7-10 pm

October 11 through November 2, 2014

“Dia de los Muertos” is traditionally a day in which friends and family in México, Central America, and the diaspora celebrate the memories of loved ones who have passed. Altars and shrines have been a primary vehicle for the celebration of this long-held tradition. As part of our annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit, Avenue 50 Studio has purposely invited artists from different national, regional, and ethnic backgrounds and various aesthetic approaches, to communicate what is important to their world as they see it.

Participating Artist:

Alfonso Aceves • Steven Amado • Ron Baca • Tanya L Bernard • Adriana Carranza • Jose Chavez • Aaron Donovan • Ofelia Esparza • Ricardo Flores • Emilia Garcia • Cidne Hart • Sergio Teran • Sonia Hernandez • Tory Lin • Alvaro D. Marquez • Ofelia Marquez • Victoria Plata • Ricardo Reyes • Margaret Sosa • John Tallacksen • Angel Villanueva

Avenue 50 Studio | 131 N. Avenue 50 Highland Park 90042


September 21, 2014

2014 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide

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I was lucky enough to have been asked to be a part of this year’s (2014) Latino Heritage Month  Calendar and Cultural Guide. Here is the link to PDF.

August 12, 2014

Sound Space Rolling City: A Video/Audio Journal

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A 3 year video and audio journal of my immediate influences as seen and heard through studio-work, travel, museum-visits and the ever moving Los Angeles landscape, all leading up to a 2014 exhibition. As an artist I think I am constantly absorbing and studying through sight. This recent self examination through video has allowed me to notice how sound plays a unique role in my everyday and influences what I am seeing.

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