Betirri Bengtson was born in Puebla, the same place considered as the birthplace of the Mole Poblano, a world-renowned Mexican sauce; however, Mr. Bengtson is not known precisely for his culinary skills, but his Art and Paintings. To make a living, this former Architecture student started to combine his love for Art with his other passion: Fútbol.
Since he came to Houston from Mexico almost 18 years ago, he brought his country’s passion for soccer and turned it into artwork. His intriguing and surrealist paintings depict bodiless soccer players. He takes the viewer to a different dimension through imagination. People can see the motion of the players, identify themselves with their team’s T-shirt, hear fans cheering; in other words, viewers can feel intensely the essence of the game.
According to Mr. Bengtson, the Houston’s diverse culture has allowed him to flourish as an artist. “I didn’t feel the pressure I would have if I were in New York living as an artist. Here you have more opportunities, more freedom to do what you want. I think Houston has become a great city”.
Now, he wants to leave a footprint in the soccer world through his Art. His goal is to depict every World Cup, as well as other soccer tournaments such as the UEFA European Championship and La Copa America.
– Milagros Almeida (writer- contributor)