About Bendykowski and His Art

Learn more about Steve Bendykowski and his art.

About Steve

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Steve Bendykowski began drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil and has pursued his passion for art and artmaking all of his life. He has taught college and exhibited his works in many galleries. Steve is now a full-time artist who has made a deliberate choice to live and paint in obscurity. Without pressure to sell or exhibit, he is free to paint according to his own vision and convictions; you can find his works at bendykowski.art. In his own words: "It is such a blessing to be able to use the gifts my creator gave me and become the artist I always wanted to be." ~ Rob Hill.

About the Art

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In the tradition of Hieronymus Bosch, Bendykowski’s meticulously crafted paintings and drawings have been called “a painted satire on the sins and ravings of mankind”.


Although his work is allegorical* they are not illustrations. Everyone will see something different, and he likes it that way.


* Allegory: visual representation which can be interpreted to represent a hidden meaning with moral or political significance.


Question: Do you still teach college classes or at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska (USA)?
Answer: I no longer teach college or at the Bemis. However I do love teaching and hold workshops near South Padre Island in Texas every winter. I will also work with groups when it makes sense for both of us.


Question: Don’t I know you as “Steve Bendy”?

Answer: Bendy is the shortened version of my birth name, Bendykowski. So If you are looking for the guy that was an Apple Systems Engineer or a college teacher that would be me. Decades ago I was also involved in a couple of business ventures (Hotentot Heating & Air Conditioning, WC Frank of Arizona, and commercial real estate leasing) so you may also know me from there.


Question: Where are you located?
Answer: My "home" studio is in central Iowa, but I am somewhat of a nomad traveling in my RV. I am often somewhere in the rocky mountains or near Padre Island, Texas in the winter.


Question: Who are your favorite artists?
Answer: My favorite artists are Hieronymus Bosch, Caspar David Friedrich, and Edvard Munch. I like the mood of many Edward Hopper's paintings and the technique of John Singer Sargent.

Bosch, Friedrich, and Munch examples

Question: Are you a christian?
Answer: Answer: Yes, and it was quite a shock to those that knew me when they saw the change in my life. If you are interested in reading an interesting story about my conversion, read about it on my blog.