Dimitrie Sbiera was born in Suceava. At the age of 13, he discovered that his mother had destroyed his entire collection of western comics, fearing raids of the Securitate. It was then that he decided to leave the country and head for the West, in order to rebuild his collection. Coming from the Institute of Architecture, he had already gained a certain notority in his home country as a set designer for film and theater, before settling in Paris in 1977.
He found employment as an illustrator with Éditions Vaillant and was for many years the regular illustrator of the gadget construction guides for magazine Pif Gadget. His passion for comics was regularly visible in his commercial artwork. In 1995 he and writer Antoine Piwnik made a comic book called 'Les Braconniers' for Ford.
Source biography: Dictionnaire de la Bande Dessinée Roumaine by Dodo Nita
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