Juan Francisco Casas is a spanish artist and poet who creates stunningly realistic images with only the use of a Pen. His subjects in that case are young women taking Selfies. He is considered one of the more influential young painters in Spain.
Casas recreates photographs he’s taken as large scale oil paintings on canvas, as well as similarly scaled drawings using only blue ballpoint pens. It all started nine years ago, when he began reproducing photos of nights out with his friends, and he liked it so much that he never gave it up. His amazing works, measuring up to 10 feet high, take up to 14 ballpoint pens and up to two weeks to complete, but the final result is absolutely mind blowing. The only drawback of the ballpoint pen is that errors can’t easily be erased, so Juan tries to be extremely careful, especially towards the final stages of the drawing process.
From September 6 to October 4 you can check out his works at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.
About the artist: Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz, born in La Carolina, Jaén, Andalusia in 1976, graduated with a B.A. and a M.F.A. from the University of Granada. He subsequently completed his PhD at the university in 2004, while also holding a teaching position there. During his studies he won the National Award of the Ministry of Education and Science for the best graduate qualifications in Spain,presented by Culture Minister Pilar del Castillo.