Gari Buenavista grew up in Quezon City, finishing Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Fine Arts. He worked as a photographer for PULP, MTV music magazine and Philippines yearbook while freelancing small graphic design projects for record companies and food producers. He tried different photography jobs such as architectural photography, weddings and events and also took on the role of videographer on music videos and short films.
He has joined several group art shows in Quezon City and in Baguio (with AXis, at VOCAS and Cafe by the Ruins), but his very first, small solo show was at Bliss Cafe in Baguio in 2005.
Gari takes photographs to record moments he wants to revisit and feelings he wants to remember, and he tries to transfer the memories and feelings on paper through small drawings, collages and renderings in acrylic paint.