In 2003, Jovan Benito was introduced by her friend, Jennylyn Morada to her painter-brother, Jerry who straightaway caught his fancy. As the two went along with their relationship, her apprenticeship under him also began to commence which got her started to the rudimentary of oil painting. As part of her training, Morada left her a blank canvas in the studio to pursue anything that she liked and so she turned up a busy market scene with harried market vendors and shoppers donned in colorful Filipiniana attires all wanting to finish their morning tasks.
When drawing the eyes of her figures, Benito drew inspiration from the rounded eyes of his mongrel dog, Chaka to give her figures a choice of emotions. Morada then brought her first painting to Galerie Joaquin hoping to give her a dedicated place to exhibit her works. At this period, Benito created her Fernando Amorsolo inspired series of Fish Harvest, Market Scenes, Planting Rice and Rice Harvest which led her to her first one-woman exhibition, Eyes Wide Open at the Galerie Joaquin in 2007 highlighting her market scenes. The following year, Pan de Manila commissioned Benito to paint 2013 (Makulay at makabuluhang pasko ng pan De manila
Jovan Benito 40 years old From Sta Cruz Laguna Born April 12 1982 Elementary 88 – 94 Secondary 94- 98 Nagsimula ang aking inters sa pag guhit ay nung bata pa ako. Dahil ang aking ama ay isang art sign artist, bata pa lang ako ay un na ang ikanabubuhay ng aming pamilya, kaya ganun ba lang ang aking bilib sa pag guhit ng aking ama, kaya di malabong , hindi ako mahihilig sa pag guhit. Ngunit maagang nawala ang aking ama maagang nakapag asawa , at yun ay si Jerry Morada , at ang nakakatuwabg isipin isa rin itong artist. Non nakita nya ang hilig ko sa pag guhit , dahil naging libangan ko ang gumuhit ng project sa school ng mga studyante, ang aking asawa pa lang ang nag pipinta non, mibsan sinubukan nya akong gawing aprentice at , nagtagal iyo, naisip nya rin na pagawain ako ng aking gusto. Dito ko naisip ang stilo, ang bilugang mga mata at makukulay na pilipinyanang mga danit.
Nakita nya at dinala nya ito sa galerie joaquin, kung saan dito nag simula ang lahat taong 2006 , ay nag karoon ako ng unang one women show at yuon ay ang “Eyes Wide Open” taong 2007 ito ginanap. At nasundan pa ito ng mga group shows. 2007 First One women Show ( Eyes Wide Open) Art trek in singgapore features (Kababaihan) Art auction to raise fuds for a good cause Rural seanes twin exhibit with Amador