An painter, lithographer and illustrator, Bendiner was born in Pittsburg, PA in 1899. He attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts before enlisting in the Army in 1918. In 1922, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree and in 1927 a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He acted as artist for the University Museum's archeological expedition to Tepe Gawra and Khafaji, Iraq in 1937 and was architect to the Tikal-Tikal expedition to Guatamala in 1960. He made contributions to many well known publications, including Atlantic Monthly and Harper's and served as president for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.