Born to a Greek family living in Egypt, Basil Gogos immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. Gogos was interested in art from a young age and studied at several New York city art schools. Gogos began his professional career in 1959 and found his greatest success painting covers for The Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. In the 1970s, Gogos retired from commercial art and devoted himself to doing fine art. In 2006, Gogos received the Monster Kid Hall Of Fame Award at The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.