Bronx, NY

Bernardo Medina’s exaggerated pencil portraits of women reveal a distinctive approach to his work.

Creating magnified portraits with pencil and felt marker, (and the occasional splash of color,) Bernardo makes his portraits exquisite and unique, preferring a minimal color palette, making an exception only for turquoise blue eyes, bright red lips and jet black hair.

Bernardo’s process for a single work can last for months. He is meticulous, adding and erasing lines as he works, building up facial contours with a careful series of lines to create his intended image.

I like drawing women,” says Bernardo.  “I just want to draw.”


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