Aitch & Saddo, Bucharest, Romania
In the five years since we first met, we had numerous occasions to work and show together, even though our styles evolved in different directions during time.
Our first shows together were the ones at Supalife Kiosk, Box 32 and Neurotitan Gallery in Berlin. In the Bucharest period we had a fructuous collaboration with McCann Erickson Romania – we had two shows together at McCann Pop-Up Gallery, together with other Romanian artists.
We also tried to develop our organizational and curatorial skills by creating Vatra Collective, an artist run space / gallery / shop / studio, together with a group of friends artists.
One of our most challenging projects was a collaboration with The Romanian Cultural Institute, the European Union, and the local artist and designer community in Holon, Israel, for the Detour project.
Our latest show is The Golden Hours at Calina Gallery in Timisoara, and it’s mainly about our two different visions on subjects like Time, Memory and Death.
Artist and illustrator, has been part of numerous art shows in Romania (Timisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest, Iasi), but also in cities like Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Aalborg, San Jose, etc.
She started drawing weird chubby fantastic creatures during her studies at the University of Art and Design in Timisoara, Romania, as a sort of subversive reaction to the academical ways of treating human anatomy.
Her artistic work ranges from pink, cute, elegant, to sometimes creepy, semi-religious, bizarre characters, mixed in surrealistic sets.
She also applies her experience with graphics, painting and character design in creating artsy objects, urban toys and clothes, often showed in fairs and stores in Bucharest, Berlin, Hannover, Barcelona or Madrid.
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 the whole way of perceiving art and the world, and opened a door 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.