Dutch artist Benno Vranken was born in 1962 in Flushing (Vlissingen), The Netherlands. After finishing art school in Rotterdam, he started illustrating for the scientific pages of newspaper De Telegraaf in the 1980s. He had a brief appearance in the Dutch comics magazine Wordt Vervolgd, before dropping off the comics radar. He returned to the field with the launch of the alternative comics magazine Zone 5300 in 1994. From the start his work was mostly notable for its composition, drawing the short stories for Zone 5300 in an East-European style, featuring many harbor scenes.
In 1998 his twelve-page book, 'The Benders', was published by La Cafetière Editions. Vranken's work has also been published abroad. He was featured in the French Comic 2000 anthology by L'Association and in the USA in 'The SPX2004 Anthology' by the The Comic Book Legal Defence Fund.
In 2002, he received the VPRO Debut Prize for his album 'Kustbewoners', which was awarded during the Haarlem Comic Festival. His book 'Schroot' was published by Xtra in 2010. Vranken's illustrations are mainly coarse-grained, and his recent works have been often been printed in full color. His illustrations have appeared in Archeologie Magazine, De Telegraaf, Die Zeit Magazin and the publications of Hartpatiënten Nederland.