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PHOTOS: The Circus of Christ

PHOTOS: The Circus of Christ

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Fernando Bayona plays freely with the story of the Passion, making Jesus more human than ever.

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Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-01El Nuevo Testamento

For all the peace and love in Christ's teaching, his life was like a roller coaster on fire. Instead on the somber and noble interpretations we have seen all our lives, artist Fernando Bayona plays his story like a rock opera, with a variety of modern temptations.

When the exhibit of his work, "Circus Christi," first opened at the University of Granada in Spain in 2010, it sparked controversy, death threats, and the requisite complaints from Catholic groups and was closed soon afterward, reports the blog Jesus in Love.

The pastiche of references to be gleaned from closely examining his work is a satisfying harvest of pop culture, film noir, classic illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, photographers such as David LaChapelle and Diane Arbus, and the Dutch and Flemish painters of the 15th century.

Bayona was born in Linares, Spain, in 1980. He lives and works between Madrid and Milan. He has published five books, which showcase all his work to date as an artist. He is currently completing a doctoral thesis, which combines well with his work as a visual artist.

See more of his work and follow him on Facebook.

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-02La anunciacion

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-03El nacimiento

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-04La presentacion en el templo

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-05El bautismo

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-06Jesus predicando

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-07La ultima cena

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-08El beso de Judas

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-09Crucifixion

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-10Jesus yancente

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-11La resurreccion

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-12La Piedad

Fernando-bayona-circus-christi-13La duda de Tomas

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Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.
Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.