‘Stories of Violence 2’ by Saddo
Title: ‘Stories of Violence 2’
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Dimensions: 42” x 59”
Year of Creation: 2015
About the Artwork:
“For a few years my work has been focused on dark subjects like death, the passing of time, the cycle of violence, etc. But my work lately shifted towards lighter subjects and a more decorative, illustrative approach.
This piece is one of the last pieces from the ‘dark’ period, and it’s part of a three big illustrations on paper, revolving around the idea of violence that generates more violence. Visually it’s influenced by naturalistic illustrations, the work of Walton Ford, and Islamic miniatures.” – Saddo
About the Artist:
Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, Saddo started his artistic career as founder of one of the first Romanian street art collectives, The Playground, in a time when a freshly graduated artist didn’t have other possibilities than to be a graphic designer or a teacher. But his street art activity brought a fresh fun vibe to his way of perceiving art and the world, and opened doors to many different projects, commissions for advertising agencies, collaborations with galleries in Bucharest, Vienna, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Glasgow, Salvador, etc.
Going through many different phases and influences, from horror movie posters, street art, comics, Saddo has recently developed his style into more elaborate shapes, with many different influences from old masters of 15th – 17th century, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Bosch, Brueghel, Walton Ford, naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion, mythology.
His latest projects include his first solo-show, ‘Rise of the Bird People’ at Objectos Misturados Gallery in Portugal, the ‘Coffins’ duo-show with Aitch at La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, in 2014. And his second solo-show, ‘A Stranger in the Garden’, opening March 13th at BC Gallery in Berlin.