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Maria Papaefstathiou is a graphic designer from Athens, Greece, currently a book designer at publishing house Stamoulis Publications S.A. (www.stamoulis.gr) and as a freelancer.
Owner and curator of the GraphicArt-news (www.graphicart-news.com).
GraphicArt-news was founded in 2010 as a way to express her love for arts in general. Maria has a passion for poster design, type design, book cover design, art photography and all forms of art that can just spark her emotions. "I can stay for hours in an art gallery admiring the amazing talented artworks, but how many galleries can one visit?" So Maria thought to create her own online gallery to keep her passion alive, to inspire herself but also her followers.
"I carefully pick high quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world with a main focus on young designers, photographers and illustrators but also well known professionals in the fields that will teach and provoke the younger ones with their work. The main purpose of the blog is to inspire but also promote the world’s best creative expressions, to gather a network of top creative minds to review, critique, and to help us stay informed of the new trends and ideas taking place in the global visual arts and graphic design arena."
Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest (www.reggaepostercontest.com) which waw launched on December 2011 with her partner, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. Since then, Maria is partnering with Michael as his curator and art representative of Freestylee (www.freestylee.net) and as co-owner of the “blank” creative studio.
Maria is an Online Administrator at the Green+You “Exhibition for Posters for Japan” project conducted by tha founder Byoung Won Choi and recently creative advisor at the “Limmie” online magazine publishing in Indonesia, Jakarta by Ezzro Nababan.
Her passion for designs using typography probable is one of the reasons she loves book designs and specifically coffee table books, and book cover designs. For the last 3 years Maria haa been focusing her research on poster design and particular on social poster design. "I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mind sets and bring positive actions to our world".
Maria has exhibited her posters in
- South Korea, by Green+You curated by Byoung Won Choi, (posters for Japan's Earthquake)
- Jamaica, Athens Greece, and Thessaloniki Greece by the International Reggae Poster Contest. (posters for the mentioned contest)
- Turkey by the Innovation for Education competition in Turkey, (posters for the right for education),
- Cape Town and Johannesburg by the Nelson Poster Project (poster for Nelson Mandela)
Other social themes Maria designed for are, hunger, water crisis, ecology, consumerism, Greece crisis, but also reggae, reggae, reggae… and more will come…
Website : it's just me
Blog : www.graphicart-news.com
Behance : www.behance.net/mariapap
Facebook : www.facebook.com/maria.papaef
Scoop.it : www.scoop.it/t/graphic-art-news
Flickr : www.flickr.com/people/mpap/
Twitter : twitter.com/#%21/GRaphicARTnews
Stumbleupon : www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/mariahpap/
Intl. Reggae Poster Contest: www.graphicart-news.com
Freestylee : www.freestylee.net
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