Ben Cardoso Artist

Ben Cardoso is a Cuban born, award winning, International artist.  In 1961 Ben and his family moved to South Florida from Cuba.   To detract from the drastic changes in his life, Ben was given a small metal box containing an oil painting starter set.  Almost instinctively, painting became Ben’s means to express himself. Three years later, the family relocated to Connecticut where he grew up and completed Higher Education (BA and MS). 

Ben’s corporate career brought he and his family internationally however, he continued painting and connected with the community of artists in each country.  He actively exhibited and sold his paintings in Greece, Kenya, Venezuela and Mexico for over 25 years. He retired from The Coca-Cola Co. and settled in Safety Harbor, Florida.

The cultures and surroundings where he lived have influenced his body of work.  His paintings are described as colorful and bold.  They tell a story which captures the interest of the viewers alluring them to keep coming back to discover nuances.  Ben’s preferred medium is acrylic.  He reflects his themes in different styles and techniques while maintaining a recognizable common strength and vibrancy. 

“I want my work to connect with the observer triggering a playful yet intriguing mood sparked by the colors and composition.” 

 Ben often works with clients to create unique, commissioned paintings to compliment home décor and style. Two of his commissioned pieces were selected as logo types for private enterprises. He also accepts commissions for portraits of people and pets.

Ben’s paintings are regularly exhibited at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Brighthouse Headquarters, GAHA Art Center in Georgia, Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and several local venues. His permanent Gallery is: StPete Artworks at 635 Central Ave. St Petersburg, Florida

Professional Memberships:  The Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA) Board Member, Coalition of Hispanic Artists (CHA) Board Member, Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor (PYHOSH), Board Member, International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), Pinellas’ Plein Air Artist Group, Art Circuits Association of South Florida and Golf Coast Artists Alliance, GAHA Art Center.          

Artist Summary:

  • Artist with International experience who maintained an active participation and contribution to art while holding executive positions globally
  • Exhibited and sold paintings in Greece, Kenya, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States
  • Retired in 2011 to pursue painting on a full time basis
  • Currently accepting contracts on commissioned paintings and portraits of people and pets

Work History :

Maintained an active painting portfolio while holding executive positions in the following companies;

  • CIGNA Corporation (1980-1992 ) Hartford, Connecticut; Athens, Greece; Nairobi, Kenya - Director of HR Middle East and Africa
  • Sara Lee Corporation (1992- 1994) Winston-Salem, North Carolina - Director of HR Central America, Caribbean and Canada
  • The Quaker Oaks Co.–Gatorade Division (1994 -1995) Caracas, Venezuela - Director of HR Central and South America and the Caribbean
  • The Coca-Cola Company (1995 -2011) Atlanta, Georgia; Mexico City, Mexico - Vice President of HRCentral and South America and the Caribbean


  • Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association -Ellijay, GA
  • The Coca-Cola Company –Hispanic Heritage Exhibit -Atlanta, GA
  • Mexico City Newcomer’s Association - Mexico City, Mexico
  • American Embassy Mexico City Art and Craft Show - Mexico City
  • Private Artist Coop Exhibitions/Sales -Mexico City, Mexico
  • The Stirling Art Studios and Gallery,  Dunedin,  FL
  • Taste Café, Main Street, Safety Harbor, FL. 
  • Brighthouse Network Headquarters exhibit
  • Safety Harbor Resort  and Spa   Art from the Heart Exhibition
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Varied use of textures such as stones, sand, gesso, resin
  • Multiple sizes


  • Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA)
  • International Society of Acrylic Painters
  • Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters
  • Art Circuits Association of South Florida