100 Creatives 2014: Betirri Bengtson, Visual Artist, Creates Bodiless Soccer Players

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photo provided by Betirri Bengtson
Dynamo vs. Chivas

If Not This, Then What: "I went to school for architecture first, so I do architecture and I love it too. I hope that I can incorporate architecture in the future with these two passions. Because I think that it relates to art a lot. They have a lot in common, but it requires more things. It is something structural, functional."

If Not Here, Then Where: "I once studied abroad in Italy in 2005. So I fell in love with that country. I hope to have a studio there in the future. I really love the culture, food, architecture, art, everything."

But Houston's culture has allowed Bengtson 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. There are people from everywhere; it's very diverse. And I think art and fútbol are the same way. You find people who love art and fútbol everywhere, which is why I really like Houston."

What's Next: "I want to evolve a little bit. I have a few ideas of making [my paintings] even less content-based and into something that would still look surrealistic but a little bit more modern, playing with lighting and contrast more.

"My goal is to do this every World Cup, at least. And between every World Cup there are other tournaments like the Euro Cup [and the] Copa América, which is every two years.

"So I want to be a part of all of that and...be a part of the culture and history of fútbol with my paintings."

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Photo courtesy of Betirri Bengtson


More Creatives for 2014
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

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Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer

Larry McKee, cinematographer
Tiffany Heath, filmmaker
Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker
Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer

Janine Hughes, visual artist
Nyssa Juneau, artist
John Merritt, artist
Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator
Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright
Jason Poland, cartoonist
Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer
Lloyd Gite, gallery owner

Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru
Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor
Jennifer Mathieu, author
Scott Chitwood, writer
Anat Ronen, urban artist

Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter
Michael Weems, playwright
Lane Montoya, artist

Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet

Joey & Jaime, designers
Suzi Taylor, photographer
Ashton Miyako, dressmaker
T. Smith, artist
Lindsay Finnen, photographer
Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist
Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker

Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer

Shawn Swanner, video game painter
Andy Gonzales, painter
Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher
Theresa DiMenno, photographer
Jessica E. Jones, opera singer
Atseko Factor, actor
John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker
Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist
Rabēa Ballin, artist
David Wald, actor
Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist
Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston

Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist
Heather Gordy, artist

Mark Nasso, comic artist
Shelbi-Nicole, artist
Marian Szczepanski, novelist

Jonathan Blake, fashion designer
Doni Langlois, interior designer
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