Raqib Hasan Apu was once a young boy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, reading his favorite comic books about Spider-Man, Batman, and everyone else in the Marvel/D.C. worlds. He would recreate the illustrations in his free time, and soon began to mimic the style of other textbooks lying around the house. It wasn’t a conscious decision to be an artist, it just resonated with him as a way to communicate what was in his heart and mind. Fast forward to 2017, and Raqib’s passion for art has evolved into a career as a professional animator who uses his experience in this world to create his own.
In 2012, he furthered his studies by enrolling at Korea National University of the Arts where he focused on film and multimedia in addition to his concentration on animation. The program is known as one of the best in Asia, and helped to land Raqib at Chung-Ang animation studio here in Gwangju where he has been happily creating animated TV series such as Galaxy Kids over the last two years.
But the creativity doesn’t stop when Raqib leaves work, he is constantly brainstorming and creating during his free time for his independent projects. There is no separating the man from his art. He explains, “Art is like your eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. It helps to see, smell, listen, and speak. Without those senses, we can be alive, but we are more like a still life.” Just as Raqib appreciates the creations of artists from around the world, he puts no limit on where his imagination will take him.
There are often themes of adventurous heroism, world politics, sexuality, and snippets of his day to day life, but he embraces every experience without reservations. “To me, creativity can challenge someones beliefs, morality, and society’s rules, and also simultaneously influence a new way to think of life. In my life journey, I’ve always tried to understand the beauty of nature, the diversity of humans, and their relationship. Through my art work, I try to reflect my experiences and my expressions.”