Cherie Benner Davis American, b. 1964


I create paintings that exploit the various elements of painting: color, materiality, processes, image and abstraction, into an composition in which all parts interact, often exuberantly, in the same field.  

Cherie Benner Davis early experience in France fostered a strong appreciation of art, art history and language that has added to her training and practice as a painter. Davis earned her BFA at Brigham Young University and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach and received the Marilyn Werby MFA Exhibition Scholarship and the Outstanding Graduate Award. She is a lecturer in Fine Arts at both California State University, Long Beach and at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. Not discriminate between image and abstraction; Davis seeks to make these disparate modalities to cooperate in the same painting with an eye toward opening conversations between the personal and the political.

Recent solo exhibitions include Super-Natural, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio (2017); and LA Pastoral, LAUNCH LA, Los Angeles, (2017); Colony Collapse, Boston Court Playhouse, Pasadena, CA (2016); Righty-Tighty, Loosey-Goosey, PØST, Los Angeles (2009); Best Laid Plans, Solwayjones, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and Sensate presented at the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2001) among others. Her work has been featured in many group exhibitions including Funhouse: A Celebration of LA Painting, Rory Devine Fine Art, Los Angeles (2021); Cautious Optimism, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles (2021); LA Stories, Leo Castelli Gallery, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia (2020); Scream, Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach (2020); Desert/Dessert, Coastline College Art Gallery, Newport Beach (2019); Lift Off, Rio Hondo College, Whittier (2017); Rosette, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); and Setting Forth, Pasadena City College, Pasadena (2015) among others. She has curated the exhibitions of other artists and operated the home-based gallery The Attic from 2008-13. Her work has been featured or reviewed in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, Artillery, LA Weekly and Art Scene among others. Cherie Benner Davis currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.