Myrto Petrou is an illustrator originally from Cyprus. She currently bounces between there and Dubai. Petrou has been experimenting with character design and illustration for many years, using various mediums, including clay, pencil, ink, markers, paints, and digital software in order to explore various styles and aesthetics. Her current style is inspired by the lowbrow Kustom Kulture movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the dramatic shadows and shading of the comic noir genre, the playful environments of video games, and the quirky exaggerated forms of 90s cartoons. More recently she has decided to expand into the realm of art toy design and is now working towards producing her very own characters as a made out of resin.
We recently asked Myrto some questions about her inspirations:
Q: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
A: "Video games, comics, art toys and abandoned places."
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: "It makes me happy and I have so many ideas in my head and stories to tell."
Q: What art/artist do you most identify with?
A: " Lowbrow art. "
Q: What role does an artist have in society?
A: " To get their work out and inspire/ help others embrace their creativity."
Q: What is your artistic outlook on life?
A: " Just to keep creating "
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: "Just produce, you will find your style and you will know the minute you do.."