Betzi Stein was born in 1945 in a Philadelphia suburb. From an early age, she was obsessed with art making of all types: drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry -- even designing a collection of paper dolls and their clothing. After moving to Los Angeles at age twelve, she studied figure drawing at Chouinard Art Institute where she first experienced drawing from the nude model. Upon high school graduation, she received a summer scholarship to Art Center College of Design.
Having decided to forgo college for a time, she spent two years traveling and studying art and culture in Britain, Western Europe and Morocco.
Stein attended college at California State University, Long Beach earning a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Jewelry Design, after which she spent five years as a professional jeweler.
Her involvement in art making took a back seat while she built and sustained her massage therapy practice, Betzi Stein Massage Therapy. "Being drawn to the massage profession has always felt like a natural extension of my love of drawing and sculpting the body", says Stein.
In recent years, she returned seriously to painting the figure, initially in colored pencil and now, exclusively in acrylic. Of particular interest to her is contemporary portraiture and hands. She works in her home studio in the Palms section of Los Angeles.
Betzi Stein is an active member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, Los Angeles Art Association, Portrait Society of America, Southern California Women's Caucus for Art and Women Painters West. Her art has received numerous awards, and has been shown and collected throughout the United States.