ROBERTO BENAVIDEZ (b. 1973, Beeville, Texas) is best known for his fantastical piñata-based sculptures that play on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor and beauty. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University. Before his visual art career, Benavidez worked as an actor. His sculptures have been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout California, Texas and Arizona, including at the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara; the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum; Palo Alto Art Center; and the Riverside Art Museum.