Portrait. Wayne Danza, the artist from the north who creates his works… with a ballpoint pen!

Keeping his true identity a mystery, artist Wayne Danza has mastered the art of drawing with a simple ballpoint pen. bluff! (©Renaud Walliez / WL/Lille news)

the pen is one of the most basic objects anyone has ever held in their hands. But some use it to works of art until Breathtaking by realism, if Wayne Danzaa Lille artist† If he was not destined to become an excellent draftsman, he now devotes himself completely to his passion. He tells us about his journey.

From bookkeeping to drawing

For Wayne Danza, the artistic world was far from a priority in his studies. He soon found himself following a path professional “I started with a Bachelor of Accounting and then I went to a BTS in Transport/Logistics “, he explains. Nevertheless, he doesn’t have the flame: “I didn’t like it at all! »

He started in his spare time with graffiti with friends, a first impulse that will awaken something greater in Wayne. “Over time, they stopped. I, I continued† I started drawing more and more and people encouraged me to keep going,” he recalls. Gripped by the economic reality, the artist had to adapt:

“I didn’t have enough money to buy paint, so I started with a pen, which was in my kit. †

Wayne Danza

Wayne Danza then passes the matches of Lille Efficom and after a few years he lands his diploma in graphic design† “It was difficult to find a job. But I didn’t let go of my pen to draw,” he testified. His family continued to encourage him: his mother even gave him “an ultimatum” to try to get a better life with his drawings.

Whether it's wood or metal textures, Wayne Danza works his method regularly to be as realistic as possible.
Whether it’s wood or metal textures, Wayne Danza applies his method regularly for the most realistic results. (©DR)

Early Opportunities and Influences

He went to meet managers from different concept stores and galleries to exhibit his works. That is Eric Delecourtthe current head ofAcid Gallery and also founder of the concept store Memento Moric (rue Esquermoise, in the heart of Vieux-Lille), which gave him his first chances. “I didn’t think about the money, we don’t pull for that, but selling your first pieces is important. They have been working together for 6 years now.

If he launched himself into art with a pen, it was also to show “that”a conventional object can make art His inspiration? He mainly draws it from his personal experiences. “I draw a lot about the cinema. That’s what I thought when I started. It allowed me to train on the different textures : hair, leather, metal, etc. »

Wayne Danza was also present at the Art Up exhibition, which took place in Lille in March 2022, where he drew live on cinema tickets, an exercise he likes to practice.
Wayne Danza was also present at the Art Up exhibition, which took place in Lille in March 2022, where he drew live on cinema tickets, an exercise he likes to practice. (©WL/Lille news)

In addition, it is a great movie character that inspired Wayne Danza’s artist lifestyle today. If he remains very mysterious about his true identity, we can bring him closer Batmanwhich is called Bruce Wayne, just like our local artist. In addition, he has several times made works that are inspired by this universe and works on the texture of leather.

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“I’ve had a taste of it, VHS, that’s probably what gave me the taste for cinema. And outside the drawing I add references related to the film, to make the work more playful to read. †

Wayne DanzaArtist

many projects

If he’s worked a lot on movie tickets, Wayne Danza does too with framed and… much bigger sizes† “I usually work on two pieces at the same time. It allows me to clear my head and concentrate better when I have orders for large formats,” the artist underlines.

Wayne loves to challenge himself, whether it’s size or the textures he illustrates. Recently, his work was featured in a music video, where he signs the album cover. He also made a huge illustration of the actress Milla Jovovich

Wayne Danza creates large-scale works such as this portrait of actress Mila Jovovich.
Wayne Danza creates large-scale works such as this portrait of actress Milla Jovovich. (©DR)

The next step for the artist is a new composition that he has not yet experienced: “I am thinking of creating a diptych or a triptych† » A composition that combines elements of the . takes over movies rocky† He entrusts to Lille news : “I would like some old boxing gloves‘s shorts Beliefs star-studded banner and an illustration photographer Clément Decoster took with my fist. †

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