Arguably the most visible Muslim Arab
fine artist working today in the USA, Mr. Bendib is a resident of
Berkeley, CA who grew up in Morocco and Algeria and came to
California at age 20 after receiving his Bachelor's degree in
After earning his Master's at the University of Southern California
in 1982, Khalil Bendib proceeded to become both political cartoonist
and professional sculptor/ceramicist. In 1987, he worked as
editorial cartoonist with the Gannett Newspapers, at the San
Bernardino Sun, a position he later resigned to devote himself
entirely to his career in the fine arts.
In 1994, Khalil Bendib completed his first major public monument,
the "Alex Odeh Memorial Statue," an over-life size bronze at the
Orange County's seat of government, honoring the regional director
of Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee assassinated in his
Santa Ana office in 1985, and followed that with "Ode To Diamond
Bar," a nine-foot leaping bronze cougar at the Summit Ridge public
park in Diamond Bar, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Among his more recent public artworks, are the Deir Yassin
Remembered Memorial Sculpture at the Hobart and Smith Colleges in
Upstate New York (bronze on granite,) a 40 feet x40 feet mural for
the Arab Cultural Center in San Francisco, (with two other artists,)
a Venus and Mars bronze frieze in Walnut Creek, CA, and the GAIA
Unveiled wall sculptures in downtown Berkeley. He was also
artist-in-residence at the Legion of Honor Museum of Art in San
Francisco, in the Rodin gallery, in 2002.
Mr. Bendib's work has been exhibited and collected on five
continents and it graces numerous businesses, homes and gardens in
the United States and abroad.