NATURALISTIC ILLUSTRATION BY SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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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.

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THE MYTHOLOGICAL LENS OF SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Saddo is the alias of Raul Oprea, a Romanian artist who cut his teeth in a street art collective called ‘The Playground’, which he founded around ten years ago. Since then, Saddo has been making a name for himself as a fine artist within the New Contemporary gallery scene. Tackling big themes head on, he explores the likes of death, mortality, violence and war, opting to view his subject matter through a mythological lens. Saddo’s fascination with religion and mythology extends back years and pervades many of his works, as he contemplates how tales and beliefs have travelled between different cultures, all the while growing and morphing into new entities.

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The Work of Romanian Artist, Saddo

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Check out the work of Romanian illustrator and muralist Saddo, founder of the first Romanian street art collective, The Playground. Saddo, who lists his past influences as horror movie posters, comics and street art, has recently started working with more elaborate shapes in his art. The artist’s current inspirations include naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion and mythology.

Saddo’s work has exhibited in galleries all over the world, including Vienna, Bucharest, Berlin, Stockholm, Glasgow, Copenhagen, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Salvador.

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