Get to know some Venezuelan Graphic Design

Carlos Cortés joined us on MA Graphic Arts this year and he points the way to five graphic designers from his home country of Venezuela that we should know about. He writes:

While this list is only 5 of who I think represent the most contemporary graphic design in my country it is not by any means supposed to be the final word on who is who. It took me some time and help to narrow it down to these 5 particular designer/websites with the help of my friends from www.camionetica.com

The list in no particular order:

Oscar Bastidas

Luis Palencia - 36 Days of Type

Luis Palencia - Oil Broken Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASA

 

 

Mogollon - OMW River To River Festival Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcos Andrade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oscar Bastidas

The work of Bastidas is of an amazingly varied range. His design is heavily influenced by the style of his illustrations, clean, curvy and with visual rhythm that demands attention. He relies on details to become part of the allure in the pieces, and has worked for several brands and projects, more notably, Johnnie Walker, Toyota and Budget Car Rental.

Website: www.mor8graphic.com
 

Luis Palencia (AKA Threz)

Patterns and influences from the modernist style emerge with a mixture of urban flare and a well defined color palette in the practice of this young designer, typographer, illustrator and sneaker lover. From magazine covers to animations he seems keen on finding simple solutions for communication problems and then bombarding them with elements in order to make them his own.

Website: www.threz.net
 

MASA

Grammy Nominee for ‘Best Package Design’ as well as projects with Nike have placed him as one of the top designers of his country, always using different techniques, but maintaining a very particular aesthetic in which he mixes high contrast with elements of the rave scene. His body of work is influenced by illustration as it has become a trait of the young Venezuelan graphic movement.

Website: www.masa.com.ve/website.html
 

Mogollon

NYC based studio Founded in 2004 by Francisco Lopez and Monica Brand, while not actually design educated from Venezuela it does seem to show in part of their work, it is a mixture between the American approach at design for mass production and Venezuelan flare for the almost artisan and detailed pieces.

Website: www.mogollon-ny.com
 

Marcos Andrade

While he may be more of an illustrator than a graphic designer, he has a good handle on his lettering as well as great compositional skills. There is a constant desire in his work to fill empty spaces using his style of illustration, together with a good understanding of the material surface.

Website: morkwork.com
 
 
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Bonus Material: 2 Venezuelan ‘old school’ graphic designers with work featured on these two blogs:
 
Gisela Viloria
http://blog.graphis.com/gisela-viloria-graphic-design/?lang=es
Maria Teresa del Castillo
http://www.di-conexiones.com/maria-teresa-del-castillo-disenadores-en-nomateria/