Artist Corina Benavente paints brighter days through Yoña mural

For Corina Benavente, art transcends mere aesthetics. Whether wielded as a brushstroke on a blank canvas or a spoken word, art, in Benavente’s view, possesses the power to heal. This truth resonated deeply during a personal crisis, when art became her solace. 

“I was going through a rough ending of my marriage,” Benavente confides. “I started falling deep into depression and I didn’t have anyone to talk to. That’s when I started to pick up sketching, and after a few weeks, I picked up a paint brush. I wanted to do more to keep my mind busy.” 

What began as a distraction from a tumultuous time blossomed into something far more profound by 2019.  

“I started [painting more] because it helped me get through my healing process. I started painting for my family and my husband’s friends since I love helping others. Some cried, others were astonished by the paintings. I’ve always [given my paintings] away, never wanting to sell [them] because I wanted to heal others as well.” 

Through artistic expression, Benavente not only navigated her own rough waters but discovered a newfound capacity to uplift and inspire others.  

Fueled by this transformative experience and a deeper connection to herself, her surroundings, and loved ones, Benavente embarked on a mural project in the village of Yoña. 

Displayed prominently, the mural by Peredo’s General Merchandise embodies themes central to the UN’s third Sustainable Development Goal: Good Health and Well-Being.  

It’s a visual narrative, unfolding from left to right.  

The journey begins with a figure gazing at a tumultuous seascape, representing the acknowledgment of a troubled past. 

A weeping willow takes center stage, symbolizing the internal and external struggles we all carry; Its roots dig deep, reminding viewers to release the burdens we hold within.  

As the eye travels further, a karabao, a symbol of resilience, emerges, representing the inner strength we possess to overcome challenges. 

Finally, on the far right, stands a female figure, an anchor amidst the storm, both literal and metaphorical.  

The entire scene unfolds against the backdrop of Tagachang Beach, a haven of peace and serenity for Benavente. 

Despite embarking on the Yoña mural during a challenging period, Benavente’s perseverance culminated in personal growth and strength. She likens the artistic process to tending a garden:  

“It is like planting a seed: you water it, nurture it, give it sunlight, and watch it grow into something beautiful! That’s art to me!”   

Benevente is a member of the Guam Green Growth Art Corps’ first cohort. Recruitment for Cohort Two is underway. Visit to apply today!  



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