Rethinking Reality: Belgian Artist Ben Heine Challenges Our Balance

Twenty-nine-year-old Belgian artist Ben Heine has a vivid imagination–an important prerequisite for life as a visual artist. Speaker of six languages, Heine holds a degree in journalism but is self-taught when it comes to photography and drawing, the two major components in his most recent work Pencil vs. Camera. A mixture of “magic, illusion, poetry, and surrealism,” Heine photographs real-life scenarios and then integrates a drawing (usually black and white but sometimes in color) into the scene to give the viewer a new take on what is possible in a variety of human contexts. He continues to challenge the boundaries of his creativity via other visually stunning projects, including Digital Circlism, Flesh & Acrylic, and Portraits. A walk through his comprehensive website portfolio is time well spent; his style is fresh, unassuming, and bold.

[quote] “I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago. I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures. [E]ach new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody.” [/quote]

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