It’s not a painting. It’s an experience that will be cherished for longer than a lifetime.
Each year I try to outdo all previous surprises I’ve gotten my wife. I’m not sure how I’ll outdo this year. Working with Ori was easy – I just said “I want something creative with me, my wife, and our dog.” Ori asked me a bunch of questions, and did the rest. He sent me concepts, progress, and even helped me plan the surprise.My wife has told everyone about it, and we smile and have a reminder of our love every time we walk into the room.
My name is Ori.
I create art every single day since April 22, 2012.
Want to read how I got here? Check out “The Ori Story” below.
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Born in Israel in 1976, Ori Bengal was always doodling, but never considered a career in art. He thought he’d grow up and make cartoons (after being an astronaut, or a veterinarian).
His father had a passion for electronic engineering and science fiction, and thus Ori’s childhood was filled with Science Fiction novels as bedtime stories. Ori was the only 7 year old on the block to have his own soldering iron, and by By 6th grade, Ori was building computers from scratch.
On his 9th birthday, Ori’s parents relocated the whole family to the USA, where Ori learned English by watching cartoons. Wanting to make them became a bit of an obsession- he taught himself animation and 3D, and took jobs that would advance his abilities to create (like working at CompUSA to get wholesale cost on computer parts, or video editing gigs to have access to high-end 3D programs).
Ori would draw and paint for fun, and in 2000, a girlfriend talked him into doing an art show…. He jumped on the first one he found, it was one of those art-walk events that most cities have, and none of the 20 people that walked by that night bought anything, so he thought himself a failure as an artist. He stopped drawing… Although he kept doing creative things: Video editing, 3D animation, graphic design, and eventually landed in Photography.
He lived a bit of a rock-and-roll lifestyle – photographing lingerie models and parties in South Beach… Going on random adventures…. Most of his friends had regular jobs, and couldn’t go along. So, in 2006, when his lease was going to expire, he gave away his stuff (except for laptop, a suitcase of clothes, and a camera), and went Couchsurfing for 6 adventure-filled years, where he stayed with everyone from UFC cage fighters to the CEO of Zappos.com, everyone in between, and their pets.
Staying with hundreds of people allowed Ori to discover a lot about himself, and about people in general — as well as to jump out of planes, go to NASCAR Races, attend Burning Man, do public speaking, play bull-poker, and have countless other adventures.
In 2011, while couch surfing in Maui, a friend took Ori to the art galleries in Lahaina. Ori didn’t want to go (thinking it would be boring and snooty), but as soon as he set foot into the first gallery, he was addicted. By the 5th gallery, he felt heartbreak and regret about having abandoned creating art… Since then Ori’s been creating a new work of art every single day, no matter what.
Ori’s obsession with creating has taken him from drawing, to painting, to sculpting in all forms, to carving, and welding, to 3D, and he’s always exploring new techniques and materials.
Everything came full circle… Ori’s obsession with science fiction and electronics has led him to futuristic technologies (such as using 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC Routers, and more) blended with his obsession with mastery and creation, and his love of the world’s furry friends.
His work is unique, collected in multiple countries around the world , transcends any particular medium, and represents Ori’s Ori’s own sense of playfulness, passion, and freedom.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RECEIVE A ONE OF A KIND PERSONAL PAINTING?
There’s art – which can be beautiful, and can be meaningful to you…. But then there is PERSONAL art – a unique one of a kind work of art that’s made just for you! That’s an experience.
If you want the show-stopper gift to show someone that they’re special, or to immortalize a special human or animal – art is the way to go. Watch this video to see how-so:
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He’s the first artist to make me understand what it’s like to fall in love with art. His work is the epitome of heart and soul and charisma. It’s playful and energetic and spunky and, well, it’s Ori.
Here’s what some collectors have to say:
Ori’s dedication to his craft is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. I’m proud to have some of Ori’s earliest pieces, as well as some of his latest.
I flew Ori here to do a portrait of my wife. It was a wonderful experience getting to have the artist here- as compared to just buying from a gallery, or online.
I travel the country and visit many galleries and museums, but I’ve yet to see a style as unique as Ori’s – his art really speaks to me.. and having a 9 foot by 4 foot painting of his in my new office, his art also speaks to my clients.
I suggest you get some Ori originals and portraits, and I highly recommend the Ori-Experience.
I have multiple sculptures (ceramic, metal, wood) and many large paintings by Ori Bengal in my home. Ori’s art has raised thousands for my favorite charity.
My niece and nephew keep wanting to take my painting (by Ori) of a shark, ‘Mach’ – and I always tell them they can battle it out after I pass away. It is my prized possession.
Ori Bengal puts the “Art” in “Heart”. Over the years I have acquired art from many artists… But it’s only Ori Bengal whose art I have in every room in my house. I first bought art from Ori because he was helping a charity by giving away his animal art. I’ve seen him donate his art to many more charities.
My heart is my great danes. When my girl, Rain, was very sick, Ori made a painting of her in my favorite pose. Thankfully, Rain recovered since… But now if anything happens to her, I have a treasured memory of her. It hangs over my bed – and it is so unique- with texture, and metal flakes, it shimmers from different angles.
I own not only animal art from Ori, but also humans. Not just paintings, but also sculptures. My brother has even commissioned a few pieces from Ori.
Ori’s art brings joy to me, and all who see it. I am not just proud to own all the pieces that I do have, but also of Ori for his ongoing dedication to improving his craft every single day for so many years, and still going strong.