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 VaultArt Studio, a progressive gallery in the Penn Avenue Arts District that provides studio space, exhibition opportunities, and professional development to artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VaultArt Studio is a department of ACHIEVA, the largest provider organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Benjy 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), and Desert Migration (2015). He currently lives in a cabin in Pittsburgh with his dog, Judy Chidoggo.