Young Artist Turns People’s Intimate Poems into Minimalist Illustrations

It’s true that once connected to a catchy image, almost any word can become a powerful one. The effect is even more mind-blowing if the word itself is powerful in the first place.

The simple, digital drawings of Romanian self-taught artist Andrei Popa (17) come together in an easy-to-get-caught-into visual journey called “Poezie Desenată” (en: “Drawn Poetry”), where you can embrace the candid inner thoughts of unknown poets out there.

"Self-Portrait", (c) Andrei Popa
“Self-Portrait”, (c) Andrei Popa

The process is not completely clear to us, but apparently everyone who wants to throw a poem out there for people to read can get in touch with Andrei. He will read it, and most likely start to sketch something from scratch, based on what the poem inspires him to.

Here’s some of our favorites, translated in English by us (hope we didn’t lose anything in translation!):

“I didn’t know there are so many kinds of storms. Then I met you. It was that evening when our hug shined brighter than any other star” – Sebastian George

(c) Andrei Popa
(c) Andrei Popa

“You told me my pixels are small humans who send grey matter to your pixels” – Codruta Irina Corocea

(c) Andrei Popa
(c) Andrei Popa

“An ice cube on your breasts, joining constellations” – Diana Boghiu

(c) Andrei Popa
(c) Andrei Popa

“Let’s lay ourselves like oils on a canvas, and I’ll love you from the brighter tones to the darker ones, and in reverse” – Diana Grigore

(c) Andrei Popa
(c) Andrei Popa

“I feel romantic and cold, so I’m gonna lighten up a scented candle” – Diana Slabinschi

(c) Andrei Popa
(c) Andrei Popa

“You calculated the angles precisely, and inevitable we’re back to the same point” – Radu Tudosan

(c) Andrei Popa
(c) Andrei Popa

Andrei Popa is also collaborator at Suburban Magazine, a Bucharest-based music and suburban culture publication. Find more of his poem illustrations on Facebook.

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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