Every passing day, visual art is becoming more and more prominent in our lives, especially in digital platforms such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Digital art is considered almost as an emerging art movement in the 21st century, and with every movement, there are artists who stand out and are known for their unique style and the philosophy their work conveys.
Sirio Berati is an Albanian visual/ digital artist and retoucher based in Montreal, depicted for his digital manipulations. Sirio creates fascinating philosophical surreal images in which he uses irrational and imaginative elements to express meaning, emotions and narrate a story.
Sirio’s artistic journey began five years ago when he got exposed to Photoshop. This is when he started to create his own worlds and experiment digitally.
His work is figurative and sometimes abstract, however, the way he approaches digital art though referencing historical events, global issues and philosophical ideas, reinforces their impact and makes it different from the masses. Many of his creations involve magic, butterflies or fire and even post-apocalyptic scenes.
Berati’s digital art has won the heart of many Indians, making him the most liked digital artist in India at the moment. While his fans are from all over the world, Sirio’s work has had a major boost while going viral in Dehil and Mumbai in which he gained more than 10K new followers in a matter of days. Sirio seamlessly lays layers together to create mythical visuals which are hard to believe even though goes both, for realism and fantasy.
‘Conflicting Journey To Reality’, form his exhibition Approaching Chaos, as his most acknowledged piece in this instance, talks about dreams that often are a substitute to reality. A man to man conflict is established where the character fights itself in order to reach to a so portrayed imaginary hyper reality; a realm of magic. Sirio portrays subconscious on the right, conscious on the centre and ideal self on the left. Conflicting Journey To Reality, conveys the process of self realisation and transformation. Inspired by by Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’, Julia Margarate Camroon’s ‘Angel or Nativity’ and William Blake’s Pity, Sirio’s work has been featured in many galleries in Canada, while it won the Best Digital Artwork award in South London Art’s Competition.
However, Sirio’s work can have different dimensions and vary in context and themes while his artworks mostly are associated with a spiritual narrative.
Apart from digital art, Sirio’s photographs has as well been featured in Vogue publications and McGill Tribune which got a lot of attention from Albanian media. Sirio’s recent digital works sparked curiosity on social media, specifically because his current manipulations are inspired by the very well-known “Game of Thrones” series, while he admits that he has never seen a single episode from GOT. “I just got inspired from the flyer.”
While Sirio explores the digital world, he as well is focused on cinematic video productions while screening his first short movie on 2016 in Monterrey, Mexico.
You can learn more and access his art by visiting is Instagram which is most certainly packed with unique visual works.
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