Benjamin McVey was born in 1971 in Houston, TX. He received his BFA from Texas State University in 1995 and his MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. Previously, he studied painting and drawing in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy School. He currently lives in San Antonio, TX where he maintains a vigorous studio practice.
He has taught painting, drawing, and sculpture at The University of Texas at San Antonio, drawing at Northwest Vista College, which is part of the Alamo College system, and painting and drawing at the Southwest School of Art. He has exhibited in New York, Kentucky, and Texas, and has numerous works in private collections, along with a public art work ("Hither, Dither, 2012") that stands in front the City of Bastrop’s (Texas) City Hall.
This year he was chosen as the inaugural artist for Artpace’s Main Space gallery with his proposed “Open” project, moving his entire studio practice into Artpace’s front windows where he worked for three months, January 26th to April 30th. This past June he was awarded an artist residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, MA. Past residencies include the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, receiving an Artist/Writer Grant, and at The League Residency at Vytlacil in Sparkill, NY, receiving the Ruth Katzman Scholarship. Also, his drawing Voided Spaces X was selected for Manifest’s International Drawing Annual 10, and he was one of eighteen artists that was selected from around Texas to be featured in last years' Texas Draws IV biennial at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio.