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Francisco Benítez was raised in New Mexico, New York, and Spain. His mother, a flamenco dancer and choreographer, and his father, a set designer, both influenced his interest in tenebrist painting and baroque art.
Benítez studied Classics at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and academic painting techniques and figure drawing at the Art Students League. He also studied abroad at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Granada, Spain, and finally received a BFA from University of New Mexico in 1992.
Benítez’s work has been exhibited across France, including at Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice. He also co-organized, curated, and participated in an exhibition of contemporary art from New Mexico, at the Musée Denys-Puech in Rodez.