New York City artist Ben Hilario-Caguiat (pronounced he-lar-e-o-cag-e-yacht) is of Philippine descent and an unconventional printmaker and sculptor. Artistic his whole life, he moved into fine arts after years in the business world. He received an MBA in Strategic Management from Pace University and a BA in Economics from New York University with additional studies at the School of Visual Arts. Ben explores the edge of what's possible by combining an innate artistic sense for both digital and analog 2D and 3D fields with compulsive experimentation and self-study. His works have exhibited in the United States and internationally.
Of note, Ben has exhibited at Christie's (Rockefeller Center) - Gallery 6, The International Print Center New York and The Highline Loft. He also expanded into public works after winning a commission from the NYC Parks Department and First Street Green Art Park for an H: 8' x W: 32' mural.
I create anime-inspired prints and sculptures under the TORNADi brand name to counter chaos and its echoes. A lifetime introduces an array of chaotic stress. My art is a subtle invitation to leave that negative situation, play for at least 5 minutes and regain balance. TORNADi art act as ambassadors with 3 key traits:
Attractive colors - The colors I use are sharp to cut through the media glut.
Oddly familiar shapes - As in a dream the shapes are exaggerated, layered and mixed. We're most relaxed when we're about to enter or about to leave the dream state.
Movement - I give the audience a chance to play with my art. I start the game by creating the art. The audience joins in when they find an interest. The value is solely dependent on each person's emotional and mental satisfaction.
b. 1969, Manila, Philippines Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2012School of Visual Arts
1999Pace University - New York, MBA
1993New York University, BA
2015TORNADi by Ben, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2015The New York Society of Etchers 15th Anniversary Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2015Hand Pulled Prints: The Current Practice In Printmaking, OnSite:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2015RAW NYC SENSORY, Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
2015Country Landscapes, Popt.com, New York, NY
2015Making History Exhibition & Benefit, StoreFront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015Twitter Art Exhibit: Norway, Moss Library, Moss, Norway
2014New Prints Benefit Exhibition and Silent Auction, Highline Loft, New York, NY
2014Gifted, Sugarlift, Brooklyn, NY
2014Over The Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
2014Buy What You Love 2014, Bosi Contemporary, New York, NY
2014Nothing Gold Can Stay, Popt.com, New York, NY
2014New Prints 2014, Christie's Rockefeller Center, New York, NY
2014Twitter Art Exhibit, CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery, Orlando, FL
2014IPCNY New Prints 2014/Winter, International Print Center of New York, New York, NY
2013Dark & Scary Halloween, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013Buy What You Love, Bleecker Arts Center, New York, NY
2015100GATES NYC, Lower East Side, New York, NY
2014Prints Of View, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
20148' x 32' Mural, First Street Green Art Park, New York, NY
2014Lollipops, School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd St., New York, NY