Saturday, December 21, 2013

Announcing Francisco Benitez Encaustic Workshop

Paco image  It is with great pleasure and honor to welcome Francisco Benitez, internationally known master artist, back to Sacramento where he will hold a 3-day Encaustic Workshop at the Patris Studio and Art Gallery in Oak Park.  

Francisco, who resides in both Europe and New Mexico, did his first encaustic painting in the fall of 2005, after years of being fascinated with the medium, but never daring to paint figuratively in it. In the 1990’s, when he lived in France, he discovered a book called the Mysterious Fayum Portraits, by Euphrosyne Doxiadis.  He was mesmerized by these ancient portraits,and  began experimenting with the ancient tools, called “cauteria”, and the four-color palette of the ancient Greeks.


Encaustic is a particularly challenging, yet beautiful 2012-09-17 19.42.13medium, in which to paint and is one of the most permanent mediums known to us.  Participants in this 3-day workshop will experience this ancient and mesmerizing medium as they work under the tutelage of master artist Francisco Benitez.

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