Jan 30, 2019

Art Made Entirely of Circles by Ben Heine

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Ben Heine is an illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer. The 26-year-old was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and currently resides in Brussels. He has studied graphic arts, sculpture and holds a degree in journalism. Oh yeah he can also speak fluent French, English and Dutch! His most recent project caught my eye, which he describes as digital circlism.

Using varying sizes of different shaded circles, Heine meticulously arranges them to form incredible digital portraits. Check out his work below, with snippets from an interview on his blog littered throughout:

Artwork by Ben Heine

Artwork by Ben Heine

What is your personal philosophy and is it somehow embedded into your creativity?

I have always had a very generous conception of art, I don’t like the way art is nowadays used for commercial purposes only and proposed to the elite, I think everybody should have the chance to see and enjoy culture. My artistic work is mainly the result of what influences me and inspires me the most in my close environment.

Artwork by Ben Heine

Artwork by Ben Heine

Artwork by Ben Heine

You know that nowadays the principles are different from the past. To succeed, you need to be different. How would you define the “normal people” of today?

I agree, difference is always important but normality is also good. I think the best way to succeed what you do is to be sincere and bring something new and interesting. “Hard work” and “results” are values that matter the most for me. by the way, it’s funny to realize that very different people often try to be as normal as they can while many “normal persons” do their best to be different. I think it is related to culture, lifestyle, the purposes and personal opinions you have in life. I guess normal people would not even bother trying to know what normal people are, they would just carry on their life as it is. And this is a great choice.

Artwork by Ben Heine

Artwork by Ben Heine

Do you have a preference for any of your activities – photography, cartoons?

Photography and Illustration are indeed my two main interests. I don’t prefer one or the other. My photos are often non-political while my paintings and drawings have a strong political content with sometimes a provocative meaning. Choosing one or the other graphic option really depends on my mood and the message I wish to convey at a particular moment.


You can find Mr. Heine in a variety of communities online, check him out!

Ben Heine personal website
Ben Heine on Flickr
Ben Heine on deviantART
Ben Heine on Blogger
Ben Heine on Twitter

I’ve also included a few other works of Ben that caught my eye just because…

Artwork by Ben Heine

Photograph by Ben Heine

Artwork by Ben Heine

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