He drew hundreds of people, most of them famous. He caricatured world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, Francois Mitterrand and GW Bush. The Guinness Book of Records named him the fastest visual artist in the world, surpassing even a computer. Stefan Popa Popa’s is one of the most famous Romanian contemporary artists famous abroad, his works reaching all corners of the world.
His first caricature was published in a local newspaper in Drobeta-Turnu Severin in 1968, and this year, in step with the times, Master Popa’s decided to digitize one of his most important collections, called “World Leaders Seen by Popa’s”.
“I collected over 200 live cartoons during the Summits during my time as an official cartoonist. I’m the only one in the world who draws them head-to-head. public space “.
We talk to the master Ștefan Popa Popa’s about the art of caricature and about the launch in the form of NFT of the personal collection “World Leaders Seen by Popa’s”.
The first cartoon
The first cartoon was made in 1968 and published in a local newspaper in Drobeta-Turnu Severin and was about dirty water from the water network – canal. I had just sent a drawing to Urzica magazine and after 2 months at the age of 13 I was started by those from Urzica.
One morning, as I was drawing on the sheets, my mother found me putting the duvet aside and she was surprised when she saw the drawn sheets. This is when I was 4 years old and a little over 5 years old. The cartoon chose me, not me.
Through fraud, my cartoons arrived abroad, at that time I had fellow foreign students at the Timișoara Polytechnic and I sent them through them all over the world.
The most important features you look for when drawing
The eyes are the mirror of the soul and through the search of the soul the display of characters becomes possible.
Cartoonist drawn by others
I was drawn by thousands of cartoonists from all over the world and I realized how talented some are and how weak others are. I liked, for example, the fact that some people were surprised at how quickly I was drawing.
The nicest personality you’ve ever drawn
Very nice is Francois Mitterrand President of France from 1981 to 1995, who was very happy when he saw his cartoon.
And the most unpleasant
Not disliked, but realistically, I would mention Chavez, the President of Venezuela, as a personality, even when he was smiling, he had a kind of negativity in him.
Cartoons of world leaders
I collected over 200 live cartoons during the Summits during my time as an official cartoonist. I’m the only one in the world who draws them tête-à-tête. The cartoons of V. Putin and GW Bush were the most appreciated in the public space.
What the art of caricature brought you
He brought many enemies to me, especially to our country, where caricature is misunderstood.
Satirical art in the world and in Romania
It has developed very well, there are many designers who participate in over 200 competitions around the world. In Romania there are a plethora of very valuable cartoonists and I could say one very important thing: there is no cartoon salon in the world where a Romanian does not take prizes. In Romania, satirical art has developed a lot lately through the schools created by great Romanian cartoonists.
What would a caricature of Romania look like today
I know that the paper bears a lot, but the current Romanian political situation is impossible for it to bear.
2021 International Press Cartoon and Satirical Visual Arts Show in Timișoara
It is a premiere in the world of satirical visual art that will surely develop in the years to come.
Those who were far from Romania were especially happy because they were able to watch the works through 3D virtual gallery.
Digitization of the collection “Leaders of the World seen by Popa’s”
Some very spirited guys suggested this to me, I accepted it and I’m waiting for reactions from all over the world when it launches. This project is something new to me, but I am convinced that it is something for the future.
Dreams and plans
I want to fly with the boys on the moon and expose on the light side, not the dark side of the moon.
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