Illustrator Sandro Cocco

The Tourist
The Tourist

I'm born in 1973 in Antwerp in Belgium. My father was Sardinian and my mother Flemish. I started with studying Illustration (1993) but I choose to study Painting (1994) the next year because I wanted to explore my personal expression. During my studies of Painting (1994-1998) I studied two years observation by nature: nude, still life and interiors that ended in blind observation drawings. In the third year I started to explore my own expression. I started exploring 'Automatic Drawing' and soon began to explore other mediums like Printing, Sculpture, Installation and Video. In the fourth year I felt the need to explore narration and this resulted in graduating with 20 digital Photomontages.

I continued three years to make Photomontages (1999-2001). Because of this I decided to study Comic and Illustration in (2001-2003). I made a biographical Graphic Novel and published a few short stories but I wanted to make 'free' artworks again without any boundaries of expression. So in 2004 I started to make abstract 'Amorphous' drawings in 'Automatic Drawing mode'. In 2005 I visited a friend who had a Surrealist painting hanging on his wall. The use of symbols invited me to begin my ongoing series 'Imaginary Rooms' in which I use visual motives. For me it's some kind of diary in 'Automatic drawing' but I hope to communicate with the viewer.

Intrinsic Value
Intrinsic Value


• Presentation of a painting in evolution, 1998, Antwerp

• Installation of a bath tub, 1998, Antwerp

• My studio as an aquarium, 1998, Antwerp

• Total Installation, Big Brother, Think-T(h)anks, projection digital photomontages, 1998, Antwerp

• Projection slide of a painting in evolution, installation of a bath with photomontage, photo document cloud room, 1998, Antwerp

• Idea Room, installation of amorphous sculptures, 1998, Antwerp

• Digital presentation, Cultural Center de Warande, Turnhout, 1999

• Amorphous sculptures, calligraphies of a swimming pool, 2000, Bruges

• Land-art amorphous, dog wife sculpture, Half relief of Kanako, photo document of my studio as an aquarium, photo document of my studio in mutation, 2000, Antwerp

• Presentation de l’histoire court-métrage La Visite, 2001, Ghent

• Presentation de ma bande-dessinée L’Autre Côté, 2002, Ghent

• Présentation de ma bande-dessinée Le Pick-up, 2003, Gand

• Presentation de ma bande-dessinée Bd sur bd, 2003, Ghent

• Art of the region fair, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, Renaix

• Week of Art fair, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, Renaix

• Exhibition Ink-Watercolours and Etchings with Kanako Higa, 2009, Naha, Okinawa, Japan • Exhibition Preview The Other Side, story of a psychosis, 2013, Post Office, Rochefort, Belgium

• Publication of the comic 'The Other Side, story of a psychosis' at Le Moule à Gaufres, 2013

• Participation at Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême, 2014

• Participation at Festival BD Contern, Luxembourg, 2015 • Participation au Festival BD, Geraardsbergen, 2016

• Exhibition Motz-en Folie, Dinant, 2017

• Exhibition Solo, Academy of Fine Arts-Arts, Namur, 2017

• Exhibition ‘Imaginary Rooms', Château d'eau, Jemelle, 2017

• Exhibition Wallonie Bienvenue, Jemelle, 2018

• Exhibition Mouvements #6, Cultural Center, Rochefort, 2020


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