1991 marked his entry to the art community, as he became a member of Art Association of the Philippines under which he was exposed to the world of arts. He creates a combination of figures and abstracts, it was in this time as he began to grow as an artist. He developed an inclination towards specific styles that he found to be more expressive of the thoughts and emotions that he wished to convey. An example of this is his penchant for vines. Benedict was attracted to their wild and liberal lines that could form an infinite number of shapes holding an infinite number of meanings, he is fascinated at the depth, motion, tone, and unpredictable quality that it evokes. This free environment is what he finds himself working best in, as most of the competitions he has won were those had no theme and was done on the spot. This spontaneity is what feeds his artistic soul.
It was also in 1991 he was a Shell finalist for his painting, “Sa Bubong May Buhay”. Others include Honorable mentions in a Westin Philippine Plaza competition as well as in the Manila Yacht Club and a finalist for the first figurative painting competition in Big and Small Art Gallery. Over the past few years, he has also exhibited in Galerie Anna, Passion Art Gallery, Sining Kamalig, Big and Small Art Gallery, Art Center in Megamall, Arty Asia, and Sining ng Kanlungan of Art Association of the Philippines. He has also been included in several books that honor the talented artists of out time such as,
With this aim in mind, he can portray people more than their physical outward beauty but for the meaning that is in their soul, the essence of their humanity, “pagkatao.” His fascination with people extends beyond the canvas; it trickles down to his inspiring view of people being the art of world.
It is because of his ability to feel that his main advocacy is support for his fellow artists. Seeing himself in them, having gone through similar struggles that life has thrown them being in the arts, it is his desire to be part of those that uplift the community that he is a part of. Indeed, Benedict Abigan has lived a life of someone who has truly find balance in his paintings.