Andy Benavides is a native of San Antonio. He graduated from Burbank High School, San Antonio College, and the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising Art. As an undergraduate in Denton, TX he had the opportunity to be mentored under internationally recognized artist Rob Erdle. He has studied in New York, Switzerland and Oaxaca where he continued to refine his education in Contemporary Art. Upon graduation from UNT, he worked as a designer/illustrator in an advertising agency in Dallas. Realizing his calling was home in San Antonio, Benavides moved back in 1990 and worked as a scenic artist, freelanced design, opened Benavides Picture Framing and BZ Designs, Currently Benavides Studios Inc.. His passion for arts education inspired him to also establish a youth arts education non-profit in 2008 called S.M.A.R.T. (Supporting Multiple Arts Resources Together) (

His interests are balanced through a continued passion for the arts. As an active contemporary artist, he utilizes his sincere exploration of mediums with experiential concern and how he can engage his viewer.Benavides has three dogs, and one fish. His inspiration comes from his wife Yvette and son Agusto. He makes San Antonio his permanent home.