“Artists try to create their surroundings to make the universe fit what they think it should be,” Steven Cerio says. Cerio studied art in his hometown at Syracuse University, then moved to New York City in 1988. His first job was at Psychedelic Solution, a gallery at the center of Greenwich Village. There he encountered Robert Crumb, whose comment on Steven’s work was “Hey Cerio, you think you’re going to make a f_ing living drawing like this?” Steven responded by pursuing illustration work. His first job was “a woman with six tits and fangs” for Screw magazine. He soon worked for other clients including The Village Voice, Newsweek, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon, A&M Records, Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. His art is now shown in galleries nationwide.
Steven’s first full-length comic book, PIE, came out in 1996, and Steven Cerio’s ABC Book – A Drug Primer was published in 1998. He is currently concentrating on his children’s books and other varied projects that include recording his second album for Noiseville Records with his group Atlantic Drone. Steven has long been involved artistically with legendary San Francisco group The Residents, and is now teaching at Syracuse University’s College of Art.
Graphic Classics: Ambrose Bierce
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