Benjamin Cunningham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an artist, author, and photographer who currently studies fine arts and political science at George Washington University. Cunningham began to emphasize producing art as a part of his career in late 2018; however, the last year of work has been his most developmental, stylistically, and creatively. In September of 2022, Cunningham began an independent research study alongside the multinational company Nix Color Sensor concerning introducing sustainable paint alternatives in the art-classroom setting. This study would develop a laboratory process for utilizing enzymes to extract high yields of pigmentation from biomatter. In August of 2021, Cunningham published his first work, a poetry book titled Le Jardin: A Walk Through the Gilded Gardens, which conveys his experiences as a youthful and emerging artist in his hometown.
One may paint for years and never truly feel like a painter. I have had such an identity struggle, for my work does not represent the conventional standards set for a paradigm of realism. Instead, saturated color palettes, bold textual graphics, and inspiration from multitudes of historical media define my existence as a contemporary painter. My fascination with history has been of significant influence on my work, as I feel a need to reflect on the past in order to make comments on the future. Producing large-scale painterly collages of mid-twentieth-century-American media has allowed my work to propose contemporary narratives through the artistic interpretation of historical American culture.