Benjamin Omar Rojas, also known as “Mincho Vega” is a Californian native born in 1979 to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador. After high school Benjamin went on to community college and then to San Francisco State University in 2004 where he majored in Art Education and received his B.A.
During his college years Benjamin co-founded Trust Your Struggle, an artist collective focusing on activism and arts education based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After moving to Brooklyn, New York Benjamin co-founded the Trust Your Hustle Mural Tour which traveled through Mexico and Central America creating murals with local artists and communities in the summer of 2006 and then across the United States in 2008. Benjamin taught art to high school students in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for 9 years and graduated with a Master’s degree in Art Education in May 2014 from New York University.
Benjamin has exhibited his artwork and painted murals in: San Francisco, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Salt Lake City, New York University, Virginia Tech University, Trinity College in Connecticut, Puerto Rico, The Netherlands, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Benjamin has also participated on speaking panels at Harlem School of the Arts, Trinity College, Virginia Tech University, University of the Arts in Boston, and the Casa de Artesana Women’s Center in Guatemala City. Benjamin has also painted murals for Sprite, Google and the Discovery Channel. Benjamin was also awarded the Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship Fund to attend Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee in the summer of 2014.
In addition to teaching visual arts to middle and high school students, Benjamin has taught courses and workshops for Google and at Parsons School of Design (NYC), New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), University of the Arts in Boston, Trinity College (CT) and has volunteered as an educator at Museum of Art and Design (NYC) and El Museo del Barrio (NYC).