Benjamin Phillips was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and received his Masters degree in sculpture from Arizona State University. Most recently Phillips has attended residencies at Yaddo and Vermont Studio Center and is represented by Udinotti Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
His work has been exhibited locally and internationally in Canada and in the United States. Most notably, Phillips exhibited in the 2011 Arizona Art Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art, which was guest-curated by Anne Ellegood of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
His first degree in Comparative Religion prepared a foundation for his approach to studying the human body for his artist practice, layering literacy metaphors into contemporary form and subject matter. While pursuing his Masters Degree, Phillips was a two-time winner of international artist grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and a three-time winner of the National Sculptor's Society scholarship. Also, in 2011 as part of his graduate studies he traveled to Rome on scholarship to study masterpieces from the city's historical collections.