Benjamin Bertocci could, should he choose, draw his artistic lineage from the early Surrealist collage artists, Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitters and Man Ray to such notables as Robert Rauschenbergand then to artists of the late 20th century such as Nancy Spero, Annegret Soltau, or Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch. Reared on the twin philosophies of Nick Cave’s The Birthday Party and Celtic Frost’s; both of which share a similar dissociative, religious carnage, Benjamin is fixated on lips, teeth, and eyes. His layered collages of recycled materials, and mass production printed matter combined with realistic oil paintings of mouths or eyes have most notably garnered praise from The Village Voice and Vice Magazine. Several examples of Benjamin’s collage can be found at the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary. He currently resides and works in Queens, New York.