Débora Rodríguez

Have you got a pen? This is a frequently asked question, and BIC pens are frequently given as an answer.

Today’s post is full of this ballpens, as we are going to show you what Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas can do with them.

Our classmate Débora did a wonderful presentation about him last Tuesday and now we are sharing it here on the blog, you can see it at the end of the post. But first you can read the (unedidted) text of the presentation here:

Juan Francisco Casas was born in Jaén in 1976 and studied Arts in the University of Granada. He finished in 1999 as the first of his class.

This artist is a quite peculiar not only because of the way he draws, he’s a painter, but also because of  what he decides to show, and how.

He didn’t find in his enviroment good motifs to draw, which ones could identify him, I mean, political, social, cultural, so he focused his art into the photographic image.

I’m going to wait until showing you one of his pictures, because although they seem to be portraits, they aren’t. He presents the models differently as other painters. Artists like Goya, shows a model who is already posing for his portrait. Nevertheless, Juan Francisco Casas pictures a model without any emotion or even expressiveness.

Well, now, I must ask you who of you have right inside your pencilcase a pen like this… a bic pen?

So… look at these images.

They just pretend to be photos, but curiously they are made by a bic pen.

His style is called hyperealism and parts from domestic and low qualities photos, moments of life and youth with a cunning sense of humour. Sex, friends, foods and drinks are elements  we can recognize in his pictures which analize and exalt the everyday athmosphere of pure and primitive hapiness.

And if you think the fact that his draws made by a bic is the most stunning thing of his art, you should know that he’s not only unic by the way he makes his art, but also because most of his walls are almost 10 feets high.

Besides, he has exhibited his work at some of the most important galleries in Spain and at the international art fairs of Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach, México, Bogotá, London, New York, Basel and Madrid.

His work can be found in important collections and museums like the ARTIUM (Vasque Museum of Contemporary Art) where he also participates in the collective exhibition Catharsis, with such important artists as Miquel Barceló, Antoni Tapies and Antonio Saura.

Because of these, and more that I don’t know, he is considered one of the more influential young painters in Spain.

I  hope you enjoyed it as much as I did while I was doing it for you all.

Thank you.

Good job, Débora!