The art of pastel portraiture – Names and works of few revered artists

In order to learn how to paint with pastels, you need not be a professional in design but you definitely require the skill and passion for the same. While there are many types of painters, pastel painters are some of the most common and recently there has been an upsurge on the number of pastel portrait artists. If you’re a painter who paints pastel portraits, you may be looking for enough inspiration in your field so that you can encourage yourself and boost your activities. Here are some pastel painters who have been famous. Let’s take a look at their lives and how they have cultivated themselves into such great painters.


Alain Voinot

He was born in the year 1954 and resides in France. He is a self-taught pastellist who initially practiced classical design with a clear love from black and white. When he shifted to colour, he chose pastel as his best medium that best fits into his subject matter and style. Followed by a 20 year apprenticeship, he developed his knowledge on pastels and started realizing his strengths and weaknesses. Alain’s favorite theme is landscape but he also excels in drawing portrait size photographs in acrylic colors. According to him, the spirit of an artist tries to approach the beauty and mystery of the world and then interpret it in his own vision. The search for the synthesis motivates him.

Richard Suckling

Richard Suckling started off his early career as an illustrator in London. The last decade has seen an instinctive progression from painting to graphic art to mainly painting with pastels and acrylic. Richard Suckling believes in painting only those on which you have a real passion for. He usually paints in soft acrylics and pastels, mainly seascapes and land and there is a display of his work in West Country galleries. Off late, Richard had written a piece for The Artist Magazine on the brand new techniques of painting.

Francois Malnati

Francois was born is Delle in 1950 and he too is a self-taught artist. Some cities among his influences are Arikha, Wayne Thibaud, Wyeth, Szafran and Levy Dhurmer. He is a person who has a lot of affinity towards realistic painters Robert C. Jackson, Scott Frader and Janet Monafo. He has already won the award for still life painting at the PSEC exhibition in 2015. His personal style represents colorist influences and his work comprises of exploration of contemporary still life based on unusual subject matter and strong design.

Diego Simancas

Diego Simancas was born in Spain in 1958 and he graduated with honours in drawing before the School of Industrial Engineering. From 1987 to 1995, he divided his time between painting and his pharmaceutical work. But since 2000 he concentrated on painting, particularly on portraits. From 2001 started a new phase when he gave way to fantasy and bid goodbye to realism.

Therefore, if you’re wondering about some inspirations in the field of painting, you can definitely seek the same from the painters mentioned above.