Ben Ho was born in Canton, China in 1962. Showing an early talent at 12 years of age he exhibited at the Canton-Tiajin Children's Fine Art Exhibition, and in 1977 at the Haichu District Cultural Gallery in London. Later he studied at the Canton Fine Art School from 1978-1984, and completed his post-graduate studies in 1988. Earliest influences were the European Impressionist, in particular Van Gogh and Monet.
Ben immigrated to New Zealand in 1988 and is now a permanent resident. Since 1991 he has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand, winning numerous awards including the Otago Regional Award, K G Frazer Award and the Gold Medal Award at the Royal Easter Show. Ben is a working member of the New Zealand Fellowship of Artists as well as being an elected member of the Selection Committee. In 1999 he represented New Zealand at the Millennium painting competition held in London. His work has been been featured in New Zealand Artists Magazine, Australian Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine . He is a respected teacher of watercolour and oil painting having taught throughout New Zealand for more than 15 years.
Working in an impressionistic style, Ben's aim is to show the essence of his subject matter, be it still life, landscape or the human form. Spontaneity and an instinctive approach to painting, without much preparation, allows Ben the opportunity to capture his feelings and mood on canvas. Highly skilled, Ben works with four dominant features, colour, light, brushwork and design. Since 2006 Ben has been teaching in Mitchell School of Arts (Australia) and is a frequent judge of major New Zealand art competitions. His work is to be found in collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA and the United Kingdom.