José Bedia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959.
Bedia was trained in a traditional academic style but eventually created his own vision, combining elements of the indigenous cultures of Africa and America. The artist worked at the State University of New York at Old Westbury and later at the Rosebud Reservation with the Dakota Sioux. His works have been included in the biennials of both São Paulo and Venice. He has also participated in many of the large-scale exhibitions of Latin American art such as, the 1993 exhibition Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Art of the Fantastic: Latin America, 1920-1987, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Bedia currently lives in Miami.