Visions of an Icon: Wolverine by Raffaele Ienco

Born in Italy in 1969, Raffaele Ienco came to Canada at age 4 and found the wonderful world of comics. Ienco is best known for writing and drawing (coloring and lettering) “Devoid of Life” (science-fiction/horror) from Image Comics — published September 2008. The story involves a hidden planet that is discovered in our solar system by astronomers who are killed by xenophobic aliens bent on keeping their world a secret.

In the past Ienco spent 10 years working in the video game industry serving as the Lead Environment Artist on well known video game properties Eternal Darkness and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes developed by Silicon Knights. His job was to create and design beautiful and efficient 3D environments and characters for gameplay and cinematics, develop in-game camera technology and methodology, and optimize work pipelines.

Ienco has also created a variety of comic properties including Stygmata and WarZone from Entity Comics and WebWitch from Avatar Press. He has also worked on Zen: Intergalatic Ninja and Stargate: Doomsday World both for Entity Comics.

“Only Hope Remained”, the graphic novel, is a supernatural thriller written and drawn by Ienco and optioned by Platinum Studios of “Men in Black” fame.

Ienco has recently finished his latest graphic novel “Manifestations” (supernatural thriller). In a frightening tale, a young girl’s latent psychic power is awakened after a family tragedy.

Ienco lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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The piece shown above is one of over 40 pieces of original artwork featuring Wolverine donated to the Joe Shuster Awards for the Visions of an Icon Art Show and Sale by Canadian artists. The pieces were exhibited twice in 2009 – at the Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony in September and at the Speakeasy Comic Art Show in November. The original art pieces will be auctioned off on eBay in March 2010. Watch for announcements on this site!

Every day we will try to post an original piece and some information on the artist(s) that donated the work.