Friday, April 25, 2008

portrait by Ben Heine

This portrait drawn by my dear friend Ben Heine .

Ben is a Belgian political cartoonist, caricaturist and painter born in June 12, 1983, in Abidjan, Ivory coast. He studied art and journalism and currently produces political art relating to day to day international political issues.

Ben Heine is mainly known for his anti-war activism.
His draws illustrations for the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique and some books .

He collaborates with the alternative information Website Rebelion, MWC News and with Tlaxcala, the Translators’ Network for Linguistic Diversity.

His anti-war cartoons have been featured on some of the most popular cartoon-Websites of the Middle and Far East world (Irancartoon...). His political images are also exhibited on other Websites dedicated to cartoons.

Ben Heine is a member of the Don Quichotte Worldteam.

Caricatures :

Ben Heine draws the caricatures of famous and less famous people around the world. Some of his caricatures are exhibited on Dessin dhumour and the National Caricaturist Network (NCN). He recently participated to the Second International Kruger Worshop.

Paintings :

In addition to being a cartoonist, Ben Heine is also a painter. His timeless acrylic paintings are rather mystical with expressive touches and could be classified as “erotico fantastico burlesque”. He has been deeply influenced by the German Expressionism, Surrealism and Pop Art and draws what he sees with the eyes of imagination. To paint and draw became vital to his needs and also an exercise of the mind. Every figure expresses moods of hope and despair through human forms and structure: twisted bodies, distorted faces, deformed shapes, Ben Heine likes to play with the human physical imperfections and simplifies in a stylized way the biological curves. He has exhibited his paintings in Belgium and England.

you can see more and know more about Ben if you visited his website and blog :

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