Benny Andrews was born on November 13, 1930, in a small community Plainview, Georgia, United States. He was the youngest child of ten in the family of George and Viola Andrews, who worked as sharecroppers. So, till the age of thirteen, Benny had lived in the system which resembled a lot the slavery age of his ancestors.
Despite Benny Andrews began to work on the land at the early age, he called his childhood as the happy time. He revealed his interest in drawing as a young boy and was encouraged in his passion by his parents who stood for the freedom of expression, the power of education and creativity.