Bernard Hage, commonly known as “The Art of Boo”, is an illustrator, writer, musician and cartoonist who struggled with writing his own biography while referring to himself in the third person.
He was born at a very young age and grew up in a rather small and boring town, which had no electricity, infrastructure, or girls. Bernard received his education at a private school where highly experienced tutors have greatly contributed to corrupting his sense of creativity. During his early years, he succeeded in getting himself into undesirable situations, which helped nurture his childhood traumas, and was credited by renowned bullies for always being in the wrong place at the right time. He also excelled in getting friend-zoned countless of times and has been hailed as a brilliant listener despite his low self-esteem.
Bernard chose a career in advertising that turned out to be far duller than anyone could have imagined, so he quit his job in 2012. After surviving a profound existential crisis, he hosted his first solo exhibition, “Undressed – Society’s Reflection in Its Brands” at Artlab gallery (Beirut) in 2014, he then published his first book of illustrated short stories and an original music soundtrack titled “In the Dead of Night – Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups” in 2017. His father missed both events.
In his spare time, he recites poetry considered to be shocking by many beautiful women. Recently he had to give up this hobby due to an array of restraining orders.
Bernard is widely known for his cartoons; he stopped paying for food once he hit 10 thousand followers on Instagram. His work has been shared and reviewed by regional media, local newspapers, popular Lebanese blogs and his mother – who’s always keen on magnifying his career accomplishments.
Currently Bernard resides in Beirut. To his dismay, he was born alone and is likely to die alone as well. He believes that leading a single life gives him more time to concentrate on his work. He also secretly believes he might be wrong.