Benjamin Ringel was born in 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri. His art education began in high school and extended through his college years. Mr. Ringel began as an architecture student at the University of Missouri but later decided to switch to painting. He earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the same time Ben Ringel attended Fontbonne University where he had a full scholalship and studied literature. Later in Washington he took classes at Seattle Central, and then in New York as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design, Benjamin Ringel studied design for apparel. He also spent two years in Europe living in Paris, Milano and Graz.