Devis Grebu

Biography
Born in Romania, Devis Grebu studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Bucharest. In 1964, he emigrated and, in the early 70s, he settled in France, where he acquired French citizenship. Seeking new professional opportunities, he moved to New York in 1986 and remained a United States resident over a period of 10 years. In 1998, he sojourned once again in France before returning to his native country, where he has been living since 2001. But, after a very disturbing moral, political and civic legislatives actions of the romanian Government and the Parlament began developing in Romania, Devis Grebu decided to leave again – for an exile – back in France, his adoptive country, where he lives today.


Professional experience
His art-work has been exhibited all over the world and critically acclaimed for more than 40 years, with one–man shows at National Museums and many renown Art Galleries in the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, China, Israel, Spain, Romania, Japan, Belgium, Italy, and Iran. His illustrations are internationally known and his work has frequently and consistently appeared in major magazines, newspapers, book-publishing houses and advertising agencies throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. To mention some of them: The N.Y. Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ha’aretz and many others, as well as book publishers, Gallimard, Flammarion, Simon&Schuster, Viking-Penguin etc. and advertising agencies, such as Cline Davis & Mann, TBWA, Grey, Saatchi&Saatchi, JWT etc. Apart from being an illustrator, Devis Grebu has worked as an Art Director for three magazines and managed his own Graphic Design Studio for about 10 years. He has designed postage-stamps, international trade-fair stands (for major companies and even for countries), commercial ads, playing cards, (haute-couture) fashion illustrations, calendars, package designs, posters and brochures, logos and medals, short animated TV movies, etc.

A good illustration must be read, not only watch it. Vocation starts with a special gift to express it. Liking the unknown not yet discovered, the way to discover yourself! The aim is to transpose - through metaphors - a text or any concept, into a dense visual symbol. Using aesthetic means of expression and an exploration of our contemporary myths imprinted with humour will distance you from a repetitive «specialisation». There are two kinds of ideas: those who come by themself and those after conscious thought. Don’t try to look or act «original»...it should come by losing contact with some «realities». The STYLE is the path along which you discard inessential things/sides that obstruct your vision. I, truly appreciate those fabulous inventions - the «computer» as well the «internet»- but... not, if they are used as substitutes of true emotions, personal taste, human intelligence! Only as our subordinates, helping workmates, instead us to become their slaves.

Devis Grebu