Interview with Bucharest-based Artist Giorge Roman

1 IHLET: We’re very impressed by your work and we’d like to know more about you. Tell us your story.

Giorge Roman: I am a freelance visual artist, probably that’s the label, currently residing in Bucharest, Romania. I’m self-taught. I came out from formative hiding in 2009, from that point on I live in a caffeinated consciousness. I grew up in a morally bankrupt city that I think influenced me in my work and caused irreparable damage.

2 IHLET: Would you take us back to your artistic backgrounds? How did you started and what motivated you to keep going?

Giorge Roman: I started five years ago when I finished high school. I was facing a gap, my whole life was ahead of me and nothing was there, a space to be filled. For two years I laid low, trying to get around understanding visual communication, studying on my own anatomy, perspective, etc. sketching like crazy, until it became second nature. Sometime in ’09, I started taking more interest into promoting myself and engaging in collaborations, from that point on I can’t find the break. Probably my biggest motivation comes from my inner drive to use the time that I have on this planet to leave something for future generations. I never found an answer to the last one, at this point I could name a bunch of things that appeal to me as the factor that keeps me going.

3 IHLET: I’ve noticed a wide range of styles and approaches in your works. Both digital and traditional, from comics to illustrations and paintings. What do you enjoy most?

Giorge Roman: Telling a story. It’s what I enjoy doing and the approach is just a way to tell it. The wide gap between my styles began when I started making a living out of drawing, having no financial support I was forced to look into the commercial part of drawing, like illustration and concept art, which I still enjoy doing. As a parallel to this I was doing alternative comics, I was not planning on doing alternative, the rough patch and all, but somehow it surfaced on it’s own, that inner drive I was telling you about earlier. Doing sequential art for me is and will always be a great way to connect with myself other people. In my formative period I experimented with lots of mediums, and I like working with different materials or on unconventional surfaces. From all of this, I left painting the last, it’s my dirty little secret, yes it is. It gets really messy and I usually work for myself, maybe things will change in the future and I will come out of the closet with a bunch of painting.

4 IHLET: Would you like to share with us more details about the process behind your works?

Giorge Roman:  Finding the best solution in the shortest amount of time, that means not relying on the multitude of possibilities that you have out there, but to really concentrate on one idea and developing that idea to the fullest.

5 IHLET: Have you been involved in any projects or collaboration? Would you like to share some experiences?

Giorge Roman:  Last project that I was involved in was in September in Pancevo/Serbia, a heavy polluted suburb near Belgrade. I was invited there for the “Bitta Generation” workshop, with two dozens of other curious and marvelous figures, street artists, animators and illustrators from the Balkans, Italy and Spain. I had a great time, met a bunch of great people, all in all it was a great experience, really hard for me to describe into words, when you are there and you open yourself, you’re not only sharing some of your experience you are also sharing the emotion of creation, you end up realizing this only when the workshop ends.

6 IHLET: How do you promote your work? Where have you exhibited and have you been involved in any artistic events lately?

Giorge Roman: Not so many exhibitions lately, the last exhibition was at the end of the workshop I was telling you about, at “Electrika” gallery in Pancevo. Some of my work gets promoted through the people I work for and different publications. The internet is also a good way for promoting my work through professional social networks, blogs etc.

7 IHLET: What else you enjoy doing? Which are the sources of inspiration for your art?

Giorge Roman: I don’t have that many other extra activities other than drawing. I like cooking, cooking for the ones I love and for friends. I like sex and what follows after, you can add that one on the inspiration list, and I like sitting long nights in a bar drinking and meeting all sorts of people. People in general are a great source of inspiration for me, from when I was little human, I find myself sitting and checking out people, how they interact, how they smile, how they lie and how they feel, I think you get the image. Experience is the only subject i’m looking to convey in my works.

8 IHLET: What skills do you find quintessential for surviving in the artistic world?

Giorge Roman: Wooh! I think this differs from person to person, probably critical/radical thinking, attitude and balls. Being sincere with yourself, will help you become a better artist/designer/singer. There is not a pattern or a recipe to be followed, you only need to understand yourself and see what’s the best way for you.

9 IHLET: Tell us about your current or future projects! We’re going to keep a close eye on your works.

Giorge Roman: There are a couple that tend to give me a mental hard-on just thinking of them, can’t give to too many details, but i’m preparing a series of one page sequential art prints- I know it’s vague, but that’s all I can give away for now. The other project is a sci-fi comic, I’m working on with a friend, when I first heard the idea, immediately, my brain started popping images like popcorn. Another comic I’m still working on, a short 18 page comic, called the “the eye of the falling man”, it’s for a comics anthology “Jungle”, every-time I get some time to work on it the story gets better and better in my head. I can’t wait to finish it.

10 IHLET: Name your favorite artists and we’ll make sure you’ll be reading about them on ihlet.com

Giorge Roman:  Most of my favorite artists are now dead, like Schiele, Beksinski, Bellmer. I tend to be very pretentious, and I don’t spend that much time looking at other people’s work. But there are a few that caught my attention lately like Mcbess, Olly Moss, Robert Crumb and Warren Ellis.

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