Betekhtin Orest Georgievich was born on November 18, 1921. In 1947 he entered the painting department of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He is studying with Leonid Ovsyannikov, Vasily Meshkov, Petr Belousov, Iosif Serebryany, Yuri Neprintsev. In 1953, Orest Betekhtin graduated from the institute in the workshop of Professor Rudolf Franz. Thesis - painting "Young blacksmiths". Nikolai Galakhov, Leonid Kabachek, Mark Klionsky, Izzat Klychev, Boris Kotik, Valeria Larina, Nikolai Lomakin, Konstantin Molteninov, Georgy Pesis, Valentin Preobrazhensky, Vladimir Seleznev, Petr Smukrovich, Pavel Utkin, Harry Epshtein, Solomakin other famous artists in the future. Betekhtin will maintain close creative communication and friendship with them for many years.
In 1956, Betekhtin was admitted to the Leningrad Union of Soviet Artists. Participated in the exhibition since 1953, exhibiting his works together with the works of the leading masters of the visual arts of Leningrad. He painted genre and historical paintings, landscapes, portraits, still lifes. Personal exhibition in St. Petersburg in 2004 in the halls of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists. In 2007 he was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Works by Betekhtin Orest Georgievich are in museums and private collections in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Japan, Great Britain, France and other countries.