Inside The Party! Afro-Carribean Artist Gavin Benjamin Wins AD ART SHOW 2019!By Delaina Dixon | May 6, 2019 | Food Fashion Style
Divas, rejoice! Gavin Benjamin is this year’s winner of AD ART SHOW 2019! MvVO ART, the creator of AD ART SHOW 2019, awarded the Afro-Carribean artist at a swanky cocktail reception inside 3 World Trade Center, just steps away from the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, where his winning art and more will be shared on the monumental screens inside the stunning shopping destination in NYC’s newly built downtown.
We spoke with Gavin, who shared what inspired his winning piece. “It’s based on my grandfather and his brothers. They were born in Guyana and they were revolutionaries. They did things in their village no one else did,” Gavin shared with pride. “My grandfather was an engineer, and everyone on the town would hear home coming home in his speedboat because he was the only one who had one in town.”
Gavin also explained that his international roster of friends in art school is also his muse. “Being Afro-Carribean and gay, I always went for the creative kind. I was talking to a friend of mine about her life back in Jordan, and it hit me, we’re all heads of state here, representing our families from other places. I’ve seen so much imagery of black folks, and we’re always shown in this light where we are not regal. We are the world, why not own it?”
Gavin and two runners, Kito Mbiango and Hyun Jung Ji, will receive a curatorial session with art professionals. Gavin will also receive a creative immersion with the creative and production teams within creative partnerships at NBCUniversal.
We also discovered this fabulous artist, who is turning eco-consciousness into fashion, j’adore!
photo credit: courtesy MvVo Art, Amanne Media