Here we are again with two of our favorite artists Raul Oprea, aka Saddo and Heliana Rotariu, aka Aitch. We found them, or they found us a bit of time ago and they kept contributing to our issues. Now they live together in Berlin, where I finally got to meet them, after harassing them to submit the illustrations that follow. I also found out that they were having an exhibition together in the Box32 Gallery so I rushed down there. I saw that their wonderfully twisted drawings printed on canvas didn’t loose liveliness and were squirming on the walls, winking, greening and daring the viewer. At the gallery, I was glad I found the owner, Mr. Till Samer, who declared himself very satisfied with the results of the show and the visitors’ feedback.
But still, who were these two talented people? They are odd, that much I could tell from the first time we met, odd because they are normal, neither high and mighty, nor self sufficient, as I so often saw in young artists who had experienced some amount of success, as they did.
Not so long ago they were in school, which they finished: Saddo in 2004 in Cluj Napoca/Ro, Aitch in 2008 in Timisoara/Ro, both with a bachelor degree in Graphics. After graduating, Saddo and some mates started a street art collective named Playground and brightened up the wall of his university town. Due to his work as illustrator and graphic designer he moved to Bucharest where he continued the “community work” on the city walls and the same he did when he moved to Timisoara to be close to Aitch; now he just started doing it in Berlin.
Aitch has a portfolio as comprehensive as his, even if she does more home-art than street-art. Her drawings often grow bellies, butts, legs and sometimes handles transforming into comfort or functional objects.They met because of their skills at a show in Bucharest called Ne Placa ce Faci, (We Board what You Do) result of a project initiated by Inoperable Gallery (Vienna) where artists were called to customize skateboards, and been together ever since. Besides their own projects in each of their folios appeared a section of collaborative works that they did together; at the same time, the influence they had on each other is easily remarkable, and it was definitely positive…
published in Otaku: End of The World