Benjy Blanco was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Benjy is the creator and 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.