Bendel Hydes was born in West Bay, Grand Cayman in 1952. He later left his hometown to pursue his love of art. Hydes travelled to England where he completed his Foundation year in Art and gained his degree at the Liverpool and Canterbury Colleges of Art. In 1976, whilst in his final year of his degree, Bendel Hydes decided to transfer to Clark University, Massachusetts.
This was in order to obtain his BA in International Relations Philosophy. He wanted to explore the ideas of art and creativity rather than the actual practice of art. Having completed his studies, Bendel Hydes moved back to the Cayman Islands.
In 1982, Bendel Hydes returned to the US, where he has lived ever since. He continued to work and adapt his art form, and states that he was influenced by the German Expressionist art movement. This movement was about communicating the artists feelings and mood by using a variety of unnatural shapes and colours. Hydes is known for using thin layers of paint, one on top of the other to build up his paintings. He begins each canvas with an open mind and doesn’t necessarily know or focus on what he wants the end result to be.