Year of the Water Dragon
Andrea D’Aquino has always resisted labels like “art director”, “illustrator”, “graphic designer”, or “writer”, and finds herself happiest straddling the line between all those things. For several centuries, she was officially a senior art director for advertising agencies on the east and west coast of the USA. After doing time for clients like Giorgio Armani, The New York Times, and countless others, she became an independent “creative”. All the while, she gained experience in every medium from print, film and video to digital, and collaborated with world-class photographers, film directors and editors, illustrators and the occasional evil dictator.
Despite numerous awards from The Art Director’s Club, Communication Arts, etc etc….she became increasingly frustrated by the mountain of ideas that ended up in the garbage pail for one reason or another, and turned back to her childhood interests of drawing, painting and making pictures.
In the few years, her work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and the Type Director’s Club. Her ability to dream up projects such as short stories, operas, films and public sculpture – yet not follow through on them remains unparalleled.