Art Brokerage: Ben Abril American Artist: b. 1923-1995. Watercolorist Ben Abril grew up in California, produced art for the United States Navy during World War 11, then studied art in Los Angeles after the war. Throughout his career as an artist, he worked with watercolors and exhibited them nationally. Ben Abril is known for his paintings that depict historical California landmarks. Abril also taught painting and illustrated a number of books. Listings wanted.