Nick Bensch

Nick Bensch is a designer and artist living and working in Minneapolis. He was born in 1983 in Toledo, OH.

He received a BFA in printmaking from The Ohio State University in 2005; he subsequently attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and acquired an MFA in illustration in 2007.

He aspires to owning a beagle in the future.


Nick’s mission is to produce innovative work that exalts the diversity of mankind and exposes the overwhelming outgrowth of its ingenuity. Creating colorful portraits and people-scapes in acrylics and mixed media, Bensch explores themes of assembly, diversity, and muddled coexistence, producing congested compositions that reflect the disorienting determination of civilization as well as the audience that reveres and sustains it.

His work has been seen in galleries across the country, including Aqua Hotel in Miami, FL, the Mac Worthington and Mahan galleries in Columbus, OH; the Owens-Illinois Building and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH; Red Kite Studio and SCAD in Savannah, GA; and 514 Studios and the Young-Quinlan Building in Minneapolis, MN.


Nick's freelance illustration work has been seen on products with retailers like Barnes & Noble, Blik and Dept. 56, and in such publications as BizPress and Charleston magazines.


Nick's Mohawk Home rug designs have been sold in various retail stores nationwide, from runners and scatters at Home Depot to a collection of area rugs at IKEA. Now a senior product designer for Target's owned brands, his current work can be purchased in more than 1700 stores nationwide, ranging from beach towels and comforters to bird feeders and candle holders.