Hector Alonzo Benavides was born September 1952 in Laredo, Texas. He was the youngest of 3 children and grew up on a farm in Hebbronville. His father passed in 1970 and he then moved with his mother back to Laredo.
Hector always did drawings. He studied to be an optician and worked for the Catholic Diocese radio station, but he always seemed thrive being with his mother and creating his signature obsessive drawings.
We met Hector after an introduction to his artwork by his cousin. We were amazed at the beauty and intricacy of his drawings which evoked geometry, religion, nature, and his background of Mexican culture.
When Hector came to meet us he introduced himself as "the most obsessive man you'll ever meet."
Following his mother's passing, Hector struggled living on his own and finally back at the ranch. He continued working until his own passing in 2002 on his drawings with his final series being red, blue, and white only. He worked at least 9 to 10 hours a day on a single drawing until it's completion, with his largest pieces taking up to 6 months.