Palos Verdes Peninsula

Southbay plein air art academy

The Southbay's Newest Venture into Art. Come join us!

A graduate of Occidental College, artist Ben Junta makes his home in the Southbay.  He has a long history of exhibiting his paintings across the United States, including Stanford University, The Vermont Studio Center, The Bryant Street Gallery, Hale Arts Spaces in Santa Monica, and most prominently with the well known online and brick and mortar retailer Serena and Lily  (his paintings have been featured in their Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Southhampton locations)

Born in Carmel, CA, and raised in Los Altos Hills, CA, Ben began his college career at Middlebury College where he played men's football and was the number one singles player on the men's tennis team.  He ultimately transferred to Occidental College, where he was the number one men's singles player and voted to the All - SCIAC men's tennis teams in both his junior and senior years.

His post college artistic training occurred at numerous well respected institutions across the United States, including The Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA, The Santa Fe Art Institute, and the renowned Vermont Studio Center.  From these and other experiences he has formed a way of teaching that is rooted in classic art but is kept fun and fresh for students.

Ben keeps a large working art studio located at as featured in this article link in The New York Times



Ben Junta​

Tel - 650.799.0525​

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At Play
Perfect Day, 8 x 8in, acrylic on wood panel
Above the Sea -Blue and Yellow 12 x 12in
Bright Distance, 10 x 10 in Acrylic on Masonite Panel
overview palos verdes peninsula
pondering THE sea
abalone cove
Yellow Above Sea 8 x 10 in - Copy
Going Farther, 12 x 12in, Acrylic on Masonite Panel - Copy - Copy
Plain to Sea, Greyish Sky, Acrylic  on Canvas, 8x10in
Yellow Horizon, 9 x 12in, acrylic
Bright Coastal Bay, 9 x 11in , acrylic
Spring is Near 1
Sunset (Red and Yellow) , 9 x 12in
Sunset (Red and Blue), 9 x 12in
Evening Solace
Edge of Palos Verdes, Pastel on Paper, 11x14in
calm happy sea
Calm Day Bay
Southbay 4, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper, 11x14in
Southbay 2, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper, 11x14in
Southbay 3, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper, 11x14in
Southbay 1, Watercolor and Pastel on Paper, 11x14in

Instructor Portfolio

Most all pieces here are sold but feel free to inquire



classes for Adults

Classes are being taught on an ongoing basis.  Ben teaches in such a manner that he can have both separate beginner and intermediate classes as well as classes where levels are mixed.  Sometimes, depending on ones prior experience, it is nice just to be amongst other painters and be part of a group experience.  As this is focused on plein air (outdoor) painting, classes will be meeting in different locations such as the Hermosa Beach Pier, Abolone Cove in Palos Verdes, Lunada Bay and other locations in Palos Verdes.  Please contact Ben for a list of class meeting times.  Typically, classes are a minimun of 2-3 hours and cost begins at $75 per class, per student. Private classes are available as well.   Prior to enrollment, a list of needed art materials will be provided.


Multi day workshops are also a great way to gain much information in a more intensive format.  These will tend to be multi day experiences where we will start painting in the morning, take a lunch break, and then continue painting after lunch.lso