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Christopher Davis-Benavides

Area Head, Ceramics

Professor, Ceramics


MFA, UW-Madison
BFA, UW-Milwaukee


Christopher Davis-Benavides pursues cross-cultural issues in his research and teaching. His sculpture in both clay and wood explores the hero/saint myths in Spain and the New World as well as the layered meanings of cultural interposition as revealed in the architecture of his native Peru.

Davis-Benavides has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Wisconsin Arts Board New Works Community Research Grant; a Milwaukee County Individual Artist Fellowship, and a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholars Lectureship in Mexico at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Xochilmilco, Mexico D.F. He has been awarded residencies in the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum (FLICAM) Fuping, Shaanxi, China, and the Arts/Industry Residency at the Kohler Corporation in Wisconsin. Public collections of his work include the Instituto Cultural Peruano-Norteamericano, ICPNA, Lima Peru; Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru; R.A.M. (Racine Art Museum) Racine, Wisconsin; the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Lawrence University, Appleton Wisconsin; the Kohler Corporation, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin. International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary.

His work has exhibited nationally and internationally including; Garden of Curious Delights, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012; XI, Bienal Internacional de Cerâmica de Aveiro 2013, Aveiro, Portugal; IV International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics: Ceramica Multiplex 2012, City Museum Herzer Palace, Varazdin, Croatia and KulturZentrum Kapfenberg, Austria, 2012-2013; 32CIRCA2011, Museu de Ceràmica de L’Alcora, Spain, 2012; III Shanghai Modern Pot Art Biennale, 2012, Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, Shanghai, China.

Recent Work

  • Installation 'for the Chairman' at Fule International Ceramic Art Museum (FLICAM) Fuping, Shaanxi, China, 2008
    Installation 'for the Chairman' at Fule International Ceramic Art Museum (FLICAM) Fuping, Shaanxi, China, 2008