Benjamin Lavender was born and raised in Austin, Texas, an artistic and musical city. When he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, he earned his Associates of Fine Art from Watkins College of Art and Design, with first place in ceramics and second in sculpture during his exiting student show.  Lavender then moved to San Diego and received his BA in sculpture from San Diego State University in 2003. Benjamin quickly established himself in local group and solo shows in the surrounding area.  Lavender's most recent exhibition is “Roots,”  solo exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art. He has also made 2 appearances at San Diego Fine Arts Society’s annual, “Sculpture in the Gardens," at the San Diego Botanic Gardens (formally Quail Botanical) in Encinitas, CA, displaying his latest large-scaled desert sculpture "Second Century,”  along with a permanent piece "Ocotillo," that was purchased and donated to the gardens the previous year.  Lavender recently exhibited his largest sculpture to date, "Kite of Paradise," in the annual "Kites Over Vista", in Vista, CA, with an appearance in Vista Magazine as a featured artist.  Lavender has also participated in several other juried group shows including: the annual "Sculptures in the Street" in Mesa, AZ, "Art and Science" at 2nd City Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA, and "San Diego Art Prize: New Contemporaries," at Simay Space, San Diego, CA,  and the Port Of San Diego Sculpture Show (now named Artwalk on the Bay) at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego. Benjamin has shown at Planet Rooth, San Diego, CA multiple times over the past 4 years during "Ray at Night," San Diego's longest running art-walk located in North Park. Other benefit shows Lavender has participated include, Jeans For Justice Benefit Auction, Mozart Foundation Benefit Auction, and Party With A Purpose, a New Orleans Benefit.  Benjamin Lavender has claimed San Diego as home, but continues to spread his artwork throughout surrounding areas.

Abstract Naturism is an appropriate way to describe my work, as well as industrially-organic.  Both define the outcome of mimicking nature through intense hours of manipulating metal, concrete, paint. and found or reclaimed objects into organically formed art.

Exhibitions :

Roots - Solo 2011

-Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside-

Art in The Pines - Juried Group 2010

-Torrey Pines Natural Reserve-

Wixon: Lavender - two man solo 2010

-Private Residence, San Marcos-

San Diego Fine Arts Society’s 2nd  Annual, “Sculpture in the Gardens”- Juried Group  2009

  1. -San Diego Botanic Gardens,


Four Calder - Group 2009

- Planet Rooth, San Diego-

Kites Over Vista - Juried Group 2009

- Downtown Vista, CA -

Tiki Island - Group 2008

- Planet Rooth, San Diego -

Overlaps - Group 2008

- 830 25th St, San Diego -

Benjamin Lavender - Solo 2008

- Lyceum, San Diego -

Sculpture in the Gardens - Juried         Group 2008

- Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas

-"Ocotillo" -Permanent collection-

Hearts on Fire Gala - Group 2008

- Private Residence, La Jolla -

Temporal Gardens - Group 2008

- Studio Michaelangelo, San Diego -

Sculptures in the Streets - Juried Group 2008

- One oh One Gallery, Mesa, AZ -

7 See's - Group 2008

- Planet Rooth, San Diego -

Plane Trooth - Group 2008

- Planet Rooth, San Diego -

Art and Science - Juried group 2007

- 2nd City Council Gallery, Long Beach

San Diego Art Prize "New Contemporaries" - Juried Group 2007

- Simay Space, San Diego -

Beckett3 Installation - Group/solo 2007

- Mission Hills, San Diego -

Jeans For Justice Benefit Auction - Group 2007

- Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego -

Mozart Foundation Benefit Auction - Group 2007

- La Jolla, San Diego -

Port Of San Diego Sculpture Show - Juried Group 2006

- Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego -

Rakulele Benefit Show - Group 2006

- John Stewart Gallery, San Diego -

Art Alive - Group 2006

- San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

Purest / Purist: Urban Culture/Modern Aesthetic - Group 2006

- Planet Rooth Studio Gallery, San Diego -

Purest / Purist: Urban Culture/Modern Aesthetic - Group 2006

- Upstairs Gallery At Retrospect, Palm Springs -

It's In The Box II - Group 2005

- Luxe Hair Studio, San Diego -

Party With A Purpose, New Orleans Benefit - Group 2005

- House of the Future, San Diego -

It's In The Box I - Group 2005

- Luxe Hair Studio, San Diego -

Continuum - Solo 2005

- Arts and Entertainment Center, San Diego -

Ray at Night - Group 2005

- Arts and Entertainment Center, San Diego -

Collaborative Artists - Group 2005

- F and 10th Gallery, San Diego -

Red Ball V.I.P. Room - Group 2004

- Sushi Gallery, San Diego -

An Eye for the Eyes - Solo 2003

- Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego -

Untitled - group - 2001

- Basile Gallery, San Diego -

The Brownlee O. Currey Juried Student Art Exhibition - 2000

- Watkins Gallery, Nashville -

- 1st Place Ceramics -

- 2nd Place Sculpture -

The Art Show that Never Happened - Group 1999

- The Red House, Nashville -