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Updated: Feb 6, 2020

"Tiempos Tristes" by Craig Corujo, 2019

By Starr Fuentes

Craig Corujo is a 22-year-old digital and traditional artist hailing from Medford, New York. He is a visual arts major at Suffolk County Community College in Selden with plans to transfer to FIT, Pratt, or NYU to study illustration and graphic design. Corujo’s dream job is to become an art director and he enjoys working with colors just as vibrant as his personality. “I am extroverted, highly inquisitive, and have been told that I have an animated personality. As for my work, I would consider myself a pop art artist at the moment,” he said.

Various artists influence Corujo, but the ones who appeal to him the most are Roy Lichtenstein, Yoshitaka Amano, and Rafael Grassetti. “I like to create pop art mainly, or just art that has a lot of vibrancy and flamboyance to its period. Roy Lichtenstein has plenty of work that contains just that. Check out his piece, “Whaam!” Yoshitaka Amano also has incredible vibrant colors in his work, and I think that’s why I look up to these guys because they have a powerful love for eye candy-like styles in their art. Yoshitaka Amano did a cover for Vogue Italia. Look it up and tell me the colors in that aren’t ravishingly beautiful?” he challenges.

Corujo is always inspired by the world around him. When he is not creating, he is educating himself in art history, explaining, "whenever I have free time, I am educating myself on more artists from the past and present.”

(Courtesy: Craig Corujo)

Art is essential to Corujo. It allows him to showcase the creative power that has been instilled in him since birth. He believes that art should hold some importance to everyone: