5: Benz Amataya shares about freely pursuing your own path as a self-taught artist.

Benz Amataya is a painter living and working in Chicago, IL. She has exhibited her work in several places around Chicago including the Hyde Park Art Center. She received a certification in Expressive Art Facilitation from Open Studio Project in 2015. Her works are held in private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and Thailand.

This episode is an inspiring and candid conversation where Benz shares about her journey as a self-taught artist. She talks openly about the freedom she feels in not subscribing to a specific path but finding her own way. We talk about our frustrations with Instagram and our desire for community.

Benz creates stimulating and expressive abstract paintings. She shares that the most challenging and satisfying part of her work is the push and pull between an uncurbed emotive expression and a distilled, calculated, and mature performance. You can view more of her work on her website (https://amatayastudio.com) or her Instagram @amatayastudio

Benz in her home studio
In progress
Untitled, 2018, acrylic on canvas
Benz and her sons in her home studio
Did Your Kid Make This No. 1, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″
Benz and her sons in her home studio

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