Felepe Santamans is a contemporary Spanish artist from Valencia who trained at the Academy Barrera of Valencia, and continued in The School of Fine Arts at the Fuster Academy. He also studied under Jose Espert, who he counts as a major influence.
Santamans’ original training was in oil painting, but he moved into pastel, attracted by the brilliance of color afforded by the medium.
His subjects are primarily figures and still life; in both he achieves a vibrance and presence that also take advantage of the textural effects for which pastel is ideal.
I can’t find a dedicated sited for Santamans, but there are other sites that show a selection of his work.
[Via Jeffery Hayes]