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Ben Heine Biography
Ben Heine
Oct 18, 2011
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BEN HEINE (born June 12, 1983 in Abidjan, Ivory coast) is a Belgian multidisciplinary visual artist. He is best known for his original series "Pencil vs Camera", "Digital Circlism" and "Flesh and Acrylic".

EARLY LIFE

Ben grew up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He lived there 7 years, along with his parents and his 3 sisters. His father was a commercial engineer and his mother a dance teacher. Everything changed when the family came back to Brussels in 1990. Ben became a troubled and demanding child. He didn't like school at all. He finally became much wiser and more disciplined later on, after a stay in a boarding school (from 12 y/o to 18 y/o). In 1994, he discovered for the first time that all his energy could be canalized in visual projects, it was the very beginning of a never ending adventure in drawing and painting. As a teenager, he had many other hobbies and activities: beside writing poetry on a daily basis, he played drums, piano and guitar, he also used to play basketball and to run everyday. His interest for graphic arts was eventually the strongest one.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Ben has a degree in Journalism (Brussels, Belgium & Utrecht, The Netherlands). He also briefly studied Painting and Sculpture in Hastings, England but he is a self-taught person in Drawing and Photography. He learned several languages: French (1), English (2), Dutch (3), Polish (4), Spanish (5) and Russian (6). He loves languages because he loves communicating and interacting with people. He loves people.

PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION

Following his studies, Ben has tried all kinds of different jobs but visual creation has always been his main concern. Since 2006 until now, his pictorial works have been published in famous Belgian and international newspapers and magazines (see "Press" page for more info) and they have been seen by millions of people online. Ben Heine’s artworks have been exhibited in Belgium, Great Britain, France, Canada, USA, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Brazil, South Korea and Spain. Ben is currently represented by several well-established art galleries in Belgium and abroad, such as the Gallery Garden (Brussels), the Appart Gallery (Brussels), Start/Stuff&Art (Cape Verde), the Art Movement (London), the Next Gallery (Jacksonville), the Radeski Gallery (Liège)... He has also participated in numerous art events such as the Affordable Art Fair, the Berliner List, the Accessible Art Fair, Music for Life, Antwerp Expo... (see "Exhibitions" page for more detailed info about the most important past and future shows).

Read more about Ben at: http://www.benheine.com/bio.php
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Updated October 18, 2011
BEN HEINE (born June 12, 1983 in Abidjan, Ivory coast) is a Belgian multidisciplinary visual artist. He is best known for his original series "Pencil vs Camera", "Digital Circlism" and "Flesh and Acrylic".

EARLY LIFE

Ben grew up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He lived there 7 years, along with his parents and his 3 sisters. His father was a commercial engineer and his mother a dance teacher. Everything changed when the family came back to Brussels in 1990. Ben became a troubled and demanding child. He didn't like school at all. He finally became much wiser and more disciplined later on, after a stay in a boarding school (from 12 y/o to 18 y/o). In 1994, he discovered for the first time that all his energy could be canalized in visual projects, it was the very beginning of a never ending adventure in drawing and painting. As a teenager, he had many other hobbies and activities: beside writing poetry on a daily basis, he played drums, piano and guitar, he also used to play basketball and to run everyday. His interest for graphic arts was eventually the strongest one.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Ben has a degree in Journalism (Brussels, Belgium & Utrecht, The Netherlands). He also briefly studied Painting and Sculpture in Hastings, England but he is a self-taught person in Drawing and Photography. He learned several languages: French (1), English (2), Dutch (3), Polish (4), Spanish (5) and Russian (6). He loves languages because he loves communicating and interacting with people. He loves people.

PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION

Following his studies, Ben has tried all kinds of different jobs but visual creation has always been his main concern. Since 2006 until now, his pictorial works have been published in famous Belgian and international newspapers and magazines (see "Press" page for more info) and they have been seen by millions of people online. Ben Heine’s artworks have been exhibited in Belgium, Great Britain, France, Canada, USA, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Brazil, South Korea and Spain. Ben is currently represented by several well-established art galleries in Belgium and abroad, such as the Gallery Garden (Brussels), the Appart Gallery (Brussels), Start/Stuff&Art (Cape Verde), the Art Movement (London), the Next Gallery (Jacksonville), the Radeski Gallery (Liège)... He has also participated in numerous art events such as the Affordable Art Fair, the Berliner List, the Accessible Art Fair, Music for Life, Antwerp Expo... (see "Exhibitions" page for more detailed info about the most important past and future shows).

Read more about Ben at: http://www.benheine.com/bio.php
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