Benjy Blanco was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in Studio Arts and English Criticism, summa cum laude, and an MFA from California College of the Arts in Fine Arts, with focuses in Film and Design. Benjy is the manager of ACHIEVA Creative Arts, an initiative that provides studio space, exhibition opportunities, and professional development for adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to that, he worked as an Associate Producer for the San Francisco-based production company 13th Gen, and is credited on films such as The G-Word: a Documentary about Giftedness (in production), The Watermelon Woman 20th Anniversary Remaster (2016), Desert Migration (2015), Buried Above Ground (2015), and Black is Blue (Short, 2014). He currently lives in a cabin in Pittsburgh with his fiancée Nicole Hall, and their rat, Red Baron.