Benat Iglesias Lopez is definitely one most talented artists to have studied at the Art Students League of New York. Inglesias studied in Spain before coming to the U.S.to study in Manhattan. It had been a pleasure to know him. He has included me as a model in two of his paintings in the past year.
He was featured in American Artist January issue as one the 11 groundbreaking artists to watch.
He had painted the above painting in the spring of 2010 while in Harvey Dinnerstein's class. Here I am the central figure painting.
Below is his painting entitled "The Louvre Project" where a crowd is depicted viewing the Mona Lisa. I am the second figure in the back row looking up at my camera phone there are several other students also used as models in this painting.
From the American Artist interview he is quoted as saying: What I felt is that people were not interested in experiencing; they were more concerned about capturing the image, going home, and saying.'I was here'".