Romanian illustrator Adrian Serghie is one of the most appreciated artists in his country. He’s well-known for some of the most popular online artistic initiatives, such as Iasi – Fotografii Vechi, a Facebook Page promoting his native city’s old cultural monuments. While he’s a loyal participant of many of the national art festivals (Street Delivery, Romanian Comic-Con), he has also a vivid personal activity, working on several projects: Meow and Meuw, HungaRomânisme and many others. His marvelian comic style is defined by mean bidimensional cats, lenghtened forms or silhouettes, acid irony and eyes – eyes everywhere.
Unfortunately, the last one feature is note quite a joke. Adrian’s eye sickness is, in fact, a barrier in keeping his art ongoing. The fear of losing sight gave him a strong burst in making a more meaningful art. He’s not the first artist who tried to catch their sickness by their side. Van Gogh used to make self-portraits after he lost his ear. By doing that, the artist reaches a new level of greatness. Adrian’s almost obsessive artistic perspective is expanded in ways he never thought about before. As he explained in a recent interview for our magazine, when he draws he’s doing it as a form of revenge, of a payback to life itself: “Sometimes I think my sickness is gonna catch my good eye too. When I feel down because of those thoughts, I start drawing to avenge upon everyone who discouraged me. And I keep telling to myself – This picture will be much better than the last one!”.
But we’re sure everything will end up just fine. Speed recovery, Adrian!
Keep in mind, if life gives you lemons, squeeze’em into its eyes. As revenge. And The Pirate or Cylop are not bad nicknames for an artist!
Photo: Ionut Ignat