Raphael Ampuero (Belgium)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

The idea came from questioning myself about the figure of the Minotauro, an irrational and terrifying monster. Entering the labyrinth and seeing if I could find the exit using another alternative was something I didn’t want to miss.

What's the story about?

The story is about Teseo, a sailor who after a storm ends up on an unknown island. Lost and tired, he chooses the path of curiosity and enters the island without knowing that he is not alone. The Minotauro’s trap will make the hero see what his fear is made of. A legendary thread that we can still follow to travel in the imagination.

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

I love silence and the concept of a silent book that gives full prominence to the image. Illustration as a means of communication has had many facets and these proposals provide dynamics and perspective for the exploration of contemporary narrative. I just felt welcome in the competition and now happy to share with you my work as an illustrator.

Your story is dedicate to...

To the sea.


Raphaël Ampuero was born in 1985 in the city of Strasbourg, France. He currently lives and works in the city of Jena, Germany. In 2008 he finished his studies in illustration and obtained his BFA at the Institut Saint-Luc Bruxelles. His collaborations range from private clients to institutions with whom he has realized several artistic projects such as books, murals, workshops and pictorial exhibitions in several countries from South America and Europe.

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