Although trained in traditional manner, as a young man he developed his own highly distinctive and experimental personal style and techniques in painting, drawing and etching. Fully trained graphician, he likes to work in his worshop and adopt his own style.


The Orsi drawings which are shown on this website were almost all intended as studies in which one or more persons, a situation or a complex composition were captured in pen, brush or chalks. Some of the sketches were laid down on paper spontaneously on the spot. The drawings have been arranged according to subject matter. In his earliest pen drawings figures are also indicated broadly and sketchily.


During his long career Paul Orsi mostly works on the normal laid paper of his day. Sometimes he prepared his paper with various tones of brown. The materials most commonly used by Paul Orsi for drawing were pen and brown ink. Most of Orsi‘s drawn oeuvre consists of groups of similar drawings of the same or comparable subjects.


In addition there are all sorts of drawings that have a function in the making of paintings and etchings and drawings made for a special purpose, such as copies after work by other artists. For all these drawings Orsi used the materials described above, often the same materials for a group with the same subject matter, although variation, alternation and exceptions continually figure as well.


As far as the link between material, subject and function is concerned, only in a few cases is there  an almost exclusive use of a single given medium for a single special subject or a single particular function. Orsi drew all his models for etchings, the compositions of which were intended for transfer on to the etching plate, in the same materials, black or red chalk. Figure studies and genre scenes were drawn in various materials, pen, pen and brush and brown and/or black chalk, sometimes also on greyish paper.


How Orsi began and worked up his drawings cannot always be said for certain. In figure studies he drew the head or headgear first, as has been noted above. After that he did the figure from the top down. Darker lines correcting an earlier indication were also drawn darker, so that the first design remains visible, but plays no significant part in the form. Shadows were often indicated by hatching and the direction in which the hatching has been drawn plays an important role in the form.


Orsi sometimes filled an empty spaces on a sheet in a distinctive way, not with lines descriptive of a particular form, but with indeterminate lines, which strengthen the form and composition as a whole, „auxiliary lines“ of a sort.


There is probably no connection between the use of a given material and whether a drawing was made from reality or from the imagination. What can be seen once or twice is that, for example, a figure was clearly drawn in detail after a model, while an imaginary background was added in a free and very sketchy manner.

Paul Orsi was born on 5th March 1976 in Constanta, RSR.

He study from 1990 - 1994 at the Art Lyceum in Constanta, RSR.

Since 1991 is the apprentice of Master Ion Titoiu at the Art Foundation in Constanta.

Since 1997 he works as a Tattoo Artist.

In 2002 opened a tattoo studio in Landshut, Germany.

He still works in the Ländgasse 38, Landshut as a tattoo artist.

Biography of Paul Orsi

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