Benji Alexander Palus was born in 1972 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is one of five siblings, having two older brothers and two younger sisters. Noticing early his interest in drawing and colors, his parents had him tested for artistic ability when he was two years old. Testing at a very high level, Palus was encouraged from this young age to explore and develop his artistic nature. Benji Alexander Palus is a self-taught artist, having no formal training in fine art or the medium of oils, in which he exclusively works. Palus began his career as a professional artist, with his first gallery showing at Studio 831 in New Orleans in 2010. Since then he has participated in group shows and was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Creason's Gallery, New Orleans. He is a member of Oil Painters of America, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, and the Art Renewal Center, as well as the prestigious International Guild of Realism, and proud to be a part of Realism painting's growing contemporary revival.
In 1999, Palus moved to New Orleans, drawn to the city's history and culture, as well as its haunting beauty. He currently resides in the French Quarter. He continues to study the art of painting in the style of Realism, ever increasing the depth of his knowledge and the richness of his work through his study and contemplation of not just the human female but of all of the boundless beauty that is to be found in this world.