Veteran Artist and Sculptor, Billy AI Bengston, dies at 88

Veteran Artist and Sculptor, Billy AI Bengston, dies at 88

Billy AI Bengston was an American artist and sculptor who was known for his work that he created that uses the radical Californian Kustom Kar and motorcycle culture.

He was a contemporary artist probably best known for using colors that were psychedelic and shapes that were mandala-like.

What Caused the Death of  Los Angeles postwar art scene Painter Billy AI Bengston?

Billy AI Bengston died on October 9, 2022, at the age of 88.  According to his family, he died on Saturday at his home in Venice, California where his death was confirmed by a representative of his gallery. According to them, he was suffering from a moderate case of Dementia which seems to be his cause of death.  

Bengston was the focus of the major retrospective California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. The National Endowment for the Arts has given him funds. He was also a modern artist who is probably best known for his motorbike and extreme Californian “Kustom Kar” culture-inspired works. He incorporated psychedelic hues and mandala-like shapes.

Billy AI Bengston Age, Family, and Early Life

Billy AI Bengston was born on June 7, 1934, in Dodge City, Kansas. He was 88 years old at the time of his death. Bengston moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948 however, little information regarding his personal life has surfaced on his Wikipedia page, we do not have any specific information regarding his family background, which makes it difficult to find any specific information about his father and mother right now.

billy aI bengston family

However, we are aware that His father was a tailor, and his mother was a musician. Furthermore, we haven’t heard about his family, so we don’t know whether he has any siblings or not. We are therefore unable to provide you with any current information about his life. Once we learn more about him, we will update whatever is relevant to him.

Billy AI Bengston Career, What was his Profession?

Bengston started exhibiting at Los Angeles’ storied Ferus Gallery. He selected the theme of a set of sergeant’s stripes after witnessing Jasper Johns’ artwork at the 1958 Venice Biennale. Later, Bengston urged people to identify his art with the motorcycle subculture in the early 1960s, for example by straddling a motorcycle on the catalog cover of a 1961 exhibition at Ferus Gallery.

He also produced amusing exhibition flyers and ads that incorporated film business images. Major solo exhibitions of Bengston’s work have been held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris both have permanent collections of Bengston’s work.

Which school and college did he go to?

He went to California college of arts and crafts where he studied painting under Richard Diebenkorn and Saburo Hasegawa. Later, he joined Otis art institute in 1956.

Billy AI Bengston Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of this individual is currently unknown due to the fact that no personal information is available in the public domain and he has no information about his income.

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Billy AI Bengston Wife, What about his relationship?

He was a married man and he was married to Wendy AI. However, we do not have any information regarding his children.

Was he available on any social media platforms?

We do not have precise information regarding his social media presence as we will update this section as soon s we locate him on any social media platforms in near future.

Physical Appearance of  Billy AI Bengston’s Height, Weight

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Hair ColourWhite
Eye ColourHazel
Body typeFit
Sexual OrientationStraight

Interesting facts about Billy AI Bengston’s should be known

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Current SpouseWendy AI
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