Benjamin Arizmendi is an artist with his roots in Mexico City.  He now resides in Oakland, California, having spent years living in San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Boston.

Influenced by abstract expressionism, photography and digital media, Arizmendi uses color and composition in various forms to explore human consciousness and subjectivity.  The purpose of abstract art, for Arizmendi, is to freely explore and express the internal world of the mind in its various emotional, intellectual, and spiritual modalities.  More boldly, Arizmendi believes these subjective explorations and expressions can help human beings understand external, objective reality.  Arizmendi believes that abstract art can be a profound tool for understanding the world that science unveils, a tool that unifies internal, subjective truths with external objective truths.  While science quantifies the empirical world, abstract art can be used to "quantify" the world of mind and consciousness.  Arizmendi's thesis is that mind and consciousness are central to our understanding of reality, and that artistic abstraction can bring mind and consciousness to bear upon rational, scientific inquiry.

Physics and philosophy are particularly relevant to his most recent work .  Arizmendi believes that the truths of science and philosophy can be accentuated through artistic representation and abstraction.  He believes the subjective element of scientific inquiry--the conscious participation and mental repertoire of the scientist-- plays a role not only in terms of affecting the results of experimentation (as it does in quantum mechanics), but also in the way scientific truths are understood and incorporated into a broader intellectual discussion regarding reality.  He believes abstract art can explore the subjective element of scientific practice and have an impact on the philosophical interpretation of scientific phenomena. 

Arizmendi has interpreted the scientific work of Ivette Fuentes (University of Vienna) and Irfan Siddiqi (UC Berkeley), both considered pioneers in their respective fields in quantum mechanics.  He has also interpreted the work of Bert de Jong (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), a leading computational chemist, and Kit Fine (NYU), one of the world's most important philosophical logicians according to the New York Times.  Benjamin's most recent collaboration was with Merritt Moore, a quantum physicist with Harvard and Oxford degrees who is also an international, professional ballerina and who was recently voted Forbes 30 Under 30.  In 2017, thanks to Professor Irfan Siddiqi, Arizmendi was commissioned to create pieces for UC Berkeley's Center for Quantum Coherent Sciences, as well as the Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory at that institution.  

Benjamin's work has been exhibited in Laguna Beach, CA, San Francisco CA,  Berkeley CA, Oakland, CA,  East Hampton NY, and Vienna, Austria.  He has been represented by Hugo Rivera Gallery, in Laguna Beach CA.  He has a large number of private collectors, including the UC Berkeley Physics Department, Biomerieux Americas, and Quantcast.

Benjamin earned his BA in philosophy with honors from UCLA.  He holds a JD from the The George Washington University Law School.

Benjamin Arizmendi Collection

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