Kajahl Benes was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2008 he received a BFA from San Francisco State University and spent his final year studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy. In 2012, he received an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. In 2013 Kajahl was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.