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Bencasso Barnesquiat Art Collections

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Artwork by Bencasso Barnesquiat

Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

About Bencasso Barnesquiat

Bencasso Barnesquiat Benjamin Barnes, A.K.A. Bencasso Barnesquiat, is a multi disciplined visual artist creator and musician. In 2022 Ben was on the California Arts Council's impact grant panel. He also began minting NFT's. They can be viewed at Crypto.com He was taught painting from his mother, Lillian La Fayette. She studied the style of Dutch Masters, and is an award winning painter touched by madness. He too is touched by madness, but brings his own genius to the canvas. Ben received his Bachelor's and Master's of Music Degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During his High School years he studied violin with Heifetz protege and concert soloist Sherry Kloss. These studies were supplemented with Oregon State University's professor of violin and viola Marlon Carlson. Carlson served as the Principal Violist with the Tokyo Philharmonic and performed with many Orchestras and Chamber Music groups throughout Germany and Austria.f While at the San Francisco Conservatory, Ben had private violin lessons with renowned teacher Izzy Tinkleman, as well as viola lessons with Paul Hersh, the respected chamber music coach. He undertook weekly violin studies with Zaven Melikian, the former concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera. His viola classes were taught by Don Ehrlich, former associate principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony. From, and on these foundations, Ben further developed his talents and performance skills. Rilke String Quartet (recordings available on this website) was coached by Concord String Quartet first violinist Mark Sokol. Ben went off-campus to study electric violin, jazz performance and composition with Turtle Island String Quartet composer/performer David Balakrishnan. Bencasso takes inspiration from images which bring the subtlety of unique. HIs favorite painters include Dali, Picasso, Basquiat, Van Gogh, Matisse, among other house hold names. Ben is a violinist, guitarist singer songwriter, composer, and violist. Many of the works you see bring their inspiration from his years playing with Rilke String Quartet, rock bands Deadweight (electric violin and vocals, cello, drums hard rock power trio), Swindlefish, and other acts. His inspiration from God, and is grateful that the Lord helped him come to a full recovery from catastrophic injuries which for two years left him incapable of playing music. Rilke String Quartet (recordings available on this website) was coached by Concord String Quartet first violinist Mark Sokol. Ben went off-campus to study electric violin, jazz performance and composition with Turtle Island String Quartet composer/performer David Balakrishnan. As a child Ben learned to sing, fiddle and play guitar from his father, David Barnes. Ben has played and recorded music with Les Claypool, Mr. Bungle, Dead Prez, The Coup, Carla Kihlstedt, Eric McFadden, George Clinton and P-Funk, Jason Newsted, former bass player of Metallica, DJ Disk, Brian Kehoe, Graeme Jennings, Isaac Stern and Fishbone. He has toured the world with his own groups, the Rilke String Quartet and Deadweight, and as a sideman with guitarist Erik McFadden. Ben has run his private teaching studio for over 30 years. He has held an artist-in-residence position at San Francisco’s School of the Arts, taught privately at Brandeis Hillel School, and the Music City Academy. In 2013, he received his Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential with Supplementary Authorization for Music from San Francisco State University. While studying to earn his credential, Ben was trained to assess the learning styles of young students and implement lesson plans that would best benefit both individuals and whole classrooms. Ben taught, volunteered and was a student teacher in Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th grade in the San Francisco public schools for several years. This study of education and experience in the classroom helped inform and enhance his natural instincts and love of teaching. As an artist Ben has recorded on labels including Nippon Columbia, Warner Bros., Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles and Les Claypool’s Prawn Song.