"Every day I see majesty: rolling hills, big skies, long views, and jade-green rivers. Where I live, Nature is still unmarred by modern footprint, and its beauty takes my breath away. My paintings are about that."


Sylvia Benitez is an artist and curator who spent her formative art years in NYC. Now living outside Seguin, she teaches landscape painting in San Antonio, TX. Benitez is a recognized installation artist and painter-the recipient of many national awards, including two MacDowell Colony Residencies; two Pollock Krasner awards; An Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant; an AICA award; and Two National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowships.


Represented by the Hunt Gallery in San Antonio, TX. and now the Slate Gray Gallery in Telluride,  CO. Benitez's work can be found in many private and public collections. Benitez is president and founder of The Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association-GAGA- a 10-year-old 501©(3) nonprofit that has served over 100 women artists from south Texas since its inception, and which boasts today an active membership of over 70 women artists. Benitez has curated more than 30 thematic GAGA exhibitions, many of which have been all-member shows.



• 1999 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

• 1993 Ucross
• 1985 MacDowell Colony

• 1984 MacDowell Colony

• 1984 Yaddo


2022 Artist of the Year, San Antonio Art League and Museum

2011 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant

2008 National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowship

2001 National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowship

2000 Pollock Krasner Award

1997 Pollock Krasner Award

1997 AICA award


Solo Exhibitions

2023 Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX/Dec

2023 Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride CO, June


Recent Solo Painting Exhibitions (not including commercial gallery exhibits)

2022 San Antonio Art League, Artist of the Year Solo Exhibition Award

2021 The Carver Community Cultural Center, Hiding Places, Andrew Gorden, curator TX

2019 The Dougherty Center, Recalling Memory, Anne Davieaux, curator Austin TX

2016 South Texas College, Personal Topography, Gina Otvos, curator, McAllen, TX

2013 Beeville Art Museum, Artist Name, Tracy Saucier, curator, Beeville, TX

2013 Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Linda Cullum, curator, Lubbock TX

2010 Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport TX, Still the Land, John Aasp, curator, Rockport, TX

2009 Mitte Gallery, Texas State University, Where Meets the Sea, Mary Mikel Stump, curator, San Marcos TX