Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or Bencab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Bencab began carving a niche for himself in Manila’s art circles shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of the Philippines.
A prolific painter and printmaker, he has exhibited widely in the Philippines and in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has won several major art awards in a career spanning four decades. In 1992, he received the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts). His works have been the subject of three books, Ben Cabrera: Etchings (1970-1980) by Cid Reyes; Bencab’s Rock Sessions by Eric Caruncho; and BENCAB by Alfred Yuson and Cid Reyes.
The artist lives and works in Baguio City.