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.Kelly Clements
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.
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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.
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Here’s what some collectors have to say:
I bought one of Ori’s earlier pieces, a dog chasing a ball. It captures the joy and passion that dogs have, that we can aspire to. I bought it when my wife was battling cancer, as she loved the piece when Ori posted it on Facebook. I’m not saying that Ori’s art cures cancer, but I did buy the piece, and my wife did beat her cancer.
I constantly get praise on the beautiful art whenever people come visit. I also keep it in the background of all my videos. It just brings happiness and energy. Ori was kind enough to ship the art all the way to Scotland. I’d suggest you get some of his original art, where ever in the world you arePhil Henderson
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.Sara Patuel
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.Angela W Stillwell
I follow Ori’s work closely on Facebook and enjoy seeing his pieces. I’ve admired quite a few and have come close to purchasing, but when I saw E=LSD, my heart dropped into my stomach, and I knew that I couldn’t let it go anywhere but to my home.
Being a member of MENSA, having a painting or photo of Einstein on the wall of one’s office seems almost obligatory, but at 49 yrs old, I hadn’t found one that “called” to me, so I’ve never had one. That all changed that fateful day!!
Ori was a delight to work with as far as getting the piece finished and here was concerned. He seemed so excited to tell me all about the processes, and I was very interested to hear it. The packing job was amazing – Ori made sure NOTHING was going to happen to it, that’s for sure!
I love my E=LSD. I am as in love with it as the day it got here. Even more so, actually. The love and appreciation for it has deepened with time.
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