Ben Hilario-Caguiat  |  Artist Statement

I design my art as playgrounds for the mind and soul. I aim to create a visual feast of discovery where textures, colors, shapes and even subject matter are placed below the surface of a work’s initial form. As people find the hidden patterns, they also have a chance to discover themselves. Anime (Japanese film and television animation) inspires me to create interesting pieces. They cover a range of subjects and often cover multiple ideas, genres, highly memorable characters and storylines. I do my best to create work in the spirit of this borderless kinetic storytelling and beautiful renderings. I like audiences to have fun and feel memorable and unique emotions after seeing my art. A strong singular concept supported by layers of interest drives each creation. Artistic elements are carefully chosen to work in different venues and are made for busy people. Differently demanding experiences confront people every day. With these forces in mind, I expect my art to be approached and enjoyed in various ways over an extended period of time.

Learning never exhausts the mind.
— Leonardo da Vinci
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
— James Whistler
All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet — it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.
— Joss Whedon