Ben-hur Villanueva established his name as a great sculptor working with brass, metal, and wood. Some of his famous sculptures include Kapit-Bisig, Among Supremo, Thy Will Be Done, St. Aloysius Gonzaga and Risen Christ. He spent 30 years of his life as an educator. But his endless enthusiasm of sharing his arts didn't stop after his retirement. In fact, he is one of the artists who first established the Baguio Arts Guild. He also became the president of the Society of Philippine Sculptors. He has served also as an Art director for the Ephpheta Foundation for the Blind, Inc. and became the Vice President-treasurer for Unesco’s International Art Association.
Upon retiring from teaching at Ateneo, Ben-hur put up an arts workshop in Baguio City and named it as "Arko Ni Apo", dubbed in Ilocano that means Ark of the Lord. This also serves as an art gallery where you can find some of his artworks on display, from paintings to intricate metal sculptures. As you can notice, most of his sculptures are in dancing positions and to complement them, a relaxing music is played inside the gallery making these sculptures look like really moving.
It is always interesting to look on the workspace of an artist. Just outside the gallery is Ben-hur's workspace. I always wonder why most of the artists are messy and unorganized but manage to build an amazing masterpiece. You can find greens on his surroundings and the view of Tam-awan Village that surely a great inspiration while finishing an artwork .