House cartoonist 2015: Constantin Sunnerberg (Cost.)
Constantin Sunnerberg (Cost.) was born in 1970 in Moscow (Russia). He grew up in an artistic environment and started to draw very young. He illustrated his first book at the age of ten. His mother was a convinced anticommunist and decided to leave the country and she married a French journalist. The family moved to Belgium when Constantin was 10. He spent his school years in The European School in Brussels and in 1995 he graduated at the ‘École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre’ in the Graphic section. Constantin is now living and working in Brussels.
In 1998 he started creating political drawings for the Belgian newspaper Le Soir. Since then he is working as a professional illustrator, mainly for the press (Le Soir, Courrier International, Journal du Mardi, Espace de Libertés, Le Monde, World Parliamentarian, etc).
He is creating drawings, posters, books, etc. Constantin Illustrated several books. He painted a cow for the event Art on cows Brussels. He did some 40 trips in France for Courrier International, doing illustrated reports. He created drawings for the Rwanda trial in Brussels, giant figures for the famous Carnival of Nice, and drawings for the German TV ZDF. He won prizes in political cartoons, in poster or short stories competitions as well as in Belgian chess tournaments.
He started to participate in cartoon contests only in 2010 and immediately won the third prize in Knokke-Heist. Since that time his cartoons have been awarded a number of prestigious prizes at national and international cartoon competitions. And in the Euro-Kartoenale Kruishoutem he won the prize of best Belgian entry in 2011 on the theme ‘Shoes’ and the best European entry in 2013 ‘The Bicycle’.
Enough reasons to choose him as house cartoonist 2015 with a personal exhibition in the ECC.