THE EVOLUTION OF DESPAIR | ROMEO ALAEFF

This project began as pen & ink drawings and later evolved into as a sticker campaign that was featured in the seminal book, Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art (Rizzoli, 2010). Plume/Penguin Books published the project as a humor/philosophy book 2011, for which new original art, limited edition serigraph prints and stickers were created.

Book Text | If you’ve ever eavesdropped on people’s conversations, had heart-to- hearts with friends or family, or even just paid attention to the thoughts bouncing around in your own head, you’ll undoubtedly find that we humans have, well, issues. In a stroke of cruel genius, internationally exhibited artist, Romeo Alaeff, asks: what if animals had as much emotional baggage as we do? Pairing gorgeously detailed drawings with overheard snippets from human conversation, “I’ll Be Dead by the Time You Read This” collects the neurotic animals that have become an art world sensation.

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Project StatusArtwork AvailableProject TypeMultimediaMediumsDrawing | Printmaking | Sticker Art | Books

Original artwork available in the store.

Book available internationally.
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Penguin Random House
Oprah.com – “11 Books You Never Thought You’d Read (but Will Fall in Love with Instantly)”
Buzzfeed – “20 Animals That Have More Emotional Baggage Than You.”

New York Journal of Books
This isn’t Happiness
West Side Spirit (p.6)/Our Town Down Town (p.10)
Powerhouse Arena
[Defective] Geeks
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