Humberto Benitez Works on Display at MDC West

Colorful scene typical of Benitez works

In collaboration with the City of Doral and the city’s Chamber of Arts and Culture, of the City of Doral, Miami Dade College (MDC) West is presenting an exhibition of Humberto Benitez’s work beginning Friday, Oct. 22 through November 12.

“Social Friday” trolley riders attended the exhibition opening at 8:30 p.m. on October 22 for the initial viewing of the display, entitled “Our Identity.”

“MDC West is proud to continue presenting artistic and cultural activities for the community in collaboration with the City of Doral,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, MDC West President.

Benitez’s work is presented in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Born in the town of Guanajay in Cuba’s province of Pinar del Rio, he began painting as a child with red clay soil and charcoal, opening a new world of shades and blending techniques.

Today, his vibrant creations have been acquired by international corporations and private collectors. His art appears in many forms, including art painted on instruments, murals in a luxurious cruise ship and Mangos Tropical Café, art for magazines and official festival posters, and much more. In addition, Benitez is a percussionist who plays bongos and triple congas.

The West Gallery, 3800 NW 115th Avenue, was the first stop in the October 22 trolley tour that included area hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues as part of the weekly “Social Fridays.” Admission to MDC galleries is free and open to the public with West Gallery open for every “Social Friday” from 8 to 10 p.m. Doral trolley service is free.

For information contact the MDC Art Gallery System at 305-237-7700, galleries@ mdc.edu. To learn more about Social Fridays in Doral, visit the City of Doral website at www.cityofdoral.com.


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