Professional artist and illustrator since 1993
Cornelius Brudi grew up in Southwestern Germany, surrounded by his family of artists. Life was eclectic during his formative years, with time being spent at his father’s intaglio printing studio, working with horses, and spending summers in remote Greek fishing villages which formed his life philosophy as well as his influences in art up until this time.
In 1989, Cornelius traveled to the United States, first studying art and design at Eastern Oregon State University for a year and then transferring to Cornish College of the Arts in 1990 and graduating there with a BFA in Graphic Design in 1994.
During his studies at Cornish College, Brudi was approached by Jesper Myrfors, a fellow student, to provide illustrations for Wizards of the Coast’s “Magic the Gathering” Alpha and Ice Age sets. This would prove to be Cornelius’ first forays into professional illustration.
One of Brudi’s core beliefs is what defines an artist’s style is a willingness to be categorized and labeled. From a commercial standpoint, this makes perfect sense. However, Cornelius never felt comfortable belonging to any particular school of form. Rather, experimentation and exploration as creative expression is where he feels most at home. He utilizes a vast range of media, including traditional relief printmaking, digital origination, two or three dimensional expression, gouache, oil, and acrylic with the theme dictating the media and the medium determining the thematic success.
Cornelius currently is employed at Tacoma’s School of the Arts (since 2016) and works as an independent graphic designer, illustrator, and artist. He splits time living in the United States and Europe.
Cornelius Brudi has given this painting to the Verses team to exclusively mint as an NFT for the first time. This minting marks the passage of this image from the physical world into the Verses. This edition is the only Foundation Edition of Shipwrecked that will ever be made.
As the holder of this NFT, you will receive free airdrops of future cards based on this art, including a Signature Edition.
You can play with this as a full art card in Verses games.
As a child, I was heavily influenced by two historical figures. One was the author Daniel Dafoe, whose literature I loved. The other was Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist and explorer of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, who traveled extensively in South America.
The idea of being cast away on a remote island always fascinated me. Would I want to find my way back to "civilization", or decide to stay where I am? I think I always leaned towards the later.
A wise person once told me "there is nothing wrong with being lost, it just means you're searching for something".
This piece is part of a three dimensional illustrated story for children.