The Artist - Silu

The Artist - Silu

Every day, like everybody else, I'm deeply aware that I'm not able to draw. However, I continue to do it. The only difference between an artist and a non-artist is attitude.

Caricature Artist Drawing at a Live Caricature Event | Silu Cartoon
Safe Child Thailand Gala Dinner, London - Apr 2019

I love live caricature as is the way of doing art more anywhere else rather than in a studio. Is the art that grows from my interaction with my model and expands my freedom. Being a live caricature artist (live pen artist) is like a musician on an endless tour who has to play different unknown songs for every concert. The live caricature is improvisation. Every musician knows that is a huge pressure before every event when you have to perform live, and doesn't matter how good you are, or how much experience you have, because every time you want to give the best.

Outside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London - Jun 2022

Silu Signature Logo

I'm a friendly guy with a good sense of humor. My goal is to deliver joy through powerful, expressive portraits which transcend the black-and-white medium and the limitations of a simple line. Even if these portraits can look relatively simple, there is a very complex process of emotions and feelings that allow me to represent these kinds of drawings. Every drawing is a new adventure full of adrenaline in finding balance, beauty, and harmony.

Photo of Silu @ BFI Southbank London - Jul 2022
@ BFI Southbank London - Jul 2022

My background is in architecture and design, still, after a couple of years of using CAD software, I felt the need to come back to the simplicity and the adrenaline that comes from using simple tools for art, like markers and paper, so, six years ago, inspired by London's multiculturality, I started to do caricature portraits.

Silu @ London Bridge Station
Waiting for the last train of the night after a live caricature event
@ London Bridge Station - May 2022

  • Graduated from "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism - Bucharest
  • One of the three winners of the international contest "TurboCAD Creative Challenge 2008" - US
  • My editorial cartoons were published in newspapers and magazines and have been selected to be part of diverse international exhibitions in Germany, Slovakia, Iran, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and the UK. During the short time I participated in the contests, I was awarded an Honorable Mention at the international cartoon competition "Brain Sneezing" 2011, Slovakia.
Caricature - People waching a TV wich is projected on a big screen in a Cinema
  • I was lucky enough to work with a classic animation studio for an animated series during my architectural studies where I was told my drawings are the best among the newcomers in quality and speed.
  • My first live caricature event was on September 18, 2016, @ Severndroog Castle with Eltham Arts

Drawing a caricature for a girl @ The National GalleryMy live caricature setings @ The National Gallery
Practicing my drawings @ The National Gallery, London - May 2018

As an artist, I've been always in search of freer and more challenging ways for my artistic expression. Find my experiments with watercolour paintings here.
When I'm not doodling, I enjoy playing bass @UpBandMusic and dancing, impro dancer based on tango and zouk.

Strolling along the bank of the River Thames - Jul 2023

Sergiu Celibidache - Conductor
"Every art has one single goal: Freedom."

12 common characteristics of creative people -
Curious · Playful · Open-minded · Flexible · Sensitive · Independent · Risk-taking · Intuitive

The one who draws
I dedicate all my work and I am his biggest fan...
Silu. Me - around 10 years old
Me - around 10 years old

Art... "It's an insane thing to do because the probability to monetize your creativity is so low that is futile to even attempt in many situations." Exploring the Psychology of Creativity - Jordan B. P.

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