Ivana Besevic Captures Raw Emotion in Vulnerable Portraits

girl in the wind, red nose, digital painting

Embracing the complexity of being human, Ivana Besevic creates digital portraits that don’t glamorize or glorify. She doesn’t shy away from sadness or pain, and she doesn’t smooth over the red splotches and tear streaks on her subjects’ faces. These are real people with real feelings—many of them directly engaging the viewer with an open, vulnerable gaze. She aims to go beyond beauty, into “something psychological, fearful, dramatic, dangerous,” she said in an interview. On her website, she says she’s inspired by “everyday stories and ordinary people. I like the complexity that we have and I love to go beyond prejudice.”

tattooed man, portrait woman with short hair crying, digital painting
girl with bright blue eyes, digital painting blonde woman crying, digital painting smudged lipstick, woman looking at us young woman portrait, red sweater girl smoking, sunset, portrait
Images © Ivana Besevic
Ilene Roizman

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Ilene’s love of art was sparked by childhood visits to all the classic New York museums. She has written artist profiles, feature stories, and reviews for newspapers and magazines. In 2004 she traded the glitz and glamour of the Hamptons for the relaxed tranquility of western Massachusetts. Follow the author @ Facebook and view more articles.

October 27, 2016 Art Digital Portraits