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The graphicart-news was founded in 2010 as a way to express my love for arts in general. I have a passion for poster design, type design, book cover design, art photography and all forms of art that can just spark me emotions. I can stay for hours in an art gallery, but how many galleries can one visit? So I thought to create my own online gallery to keep my passion alive, to inspire me and also my 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.

The world has amazing visual artists, and as much as I wished to feature them all, my time is so much limited. So, I have scheduled to give you 5 articles per week but sometimes even that is not possible. Please accept my apologies if I don’t always live up to my goals. Nevertheless, I am grateful that the graphicart-news has gained the love and respect of the International design community, with readers visiting from hundreds of countries, a community that grows every day. THANK YOU!
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Founder + Editor:
Maria Papaefstathiou

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Michael Thompson

Who is Maria Papaefstathiou?

Maria Papaefstathiou is a graphic designer, illustrator and blogger from Athens, Greece. Maria named her personal portfolio “It’s Just Me” (www.itsjustme.net).
Just M(-: because she is just a smiling positive human soul.
Butterfly (her logo) because she morphed in the last 3 years in her creativity and she keeps seeking for the big metamorphosis to come…
Maria has been focusing her research on poster design and particular on social poster design and recently exploring portrait design. Her most recent poster project is a series of designs on a subject that is dear to her heart, the collection celebrates the personalities of Greek traditional and popular culture. These include actors, singers and musicians; specially performing Rebetiko and Laiko music, this is an ongoing project. “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 and our culture”. This is the reason that she started her own social designs with first of all, those on the Japan’s earthquake of 2011.
She specializes in sophisticated book design and specifically coffee table books, and numerous book covers currently works at publishing house Stamoulis Publications S.A..

Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

Maria is also the founder and editor of graphicart-news.com blog. Maria’s passion for poster art, type design, book cover design, art photography and all forms of art that can just spark her emotions, lead her in 2010, to create the graphicart-news. “I can stay for hours in an art gallery, but how many galleries can one visit?” Says Maria. “I thought to create my own online gallery to keep my passion alive, to inspire me and also my followers, but also to help other designers to spread their work internationally.
She carefully curate 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 designers to improve their work. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. 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 the creative community stay informed of the new trends and ideas taking place in the global visual arts and graphic design arena.

Maria Papaefstathiou  was awarded and invited to participate in International, exhibited her posters in group exhibitions such as:
– South Korea, “Posters for Japan” exhibition curated by Green+You, 2012
– Jamaica, Athens and Thessaloniki Greece, Mexico, Washington, Spain, Cuba “World A Reggae” and “The Art of Reggae” exhibitions by the International Reggae Poster Contest, 2012-2015
– Turkey, “Innovation for Education” exhibition, 2013
– Cape Town and Johannesburg and other international cities, “Nelson Poster Project”, 2014-2015
– Poland, 10th International Festival “Jazz w Ruinach”, 2014.
– Greece, poster exhibition “ε/Design your Expression”, by Toolkit Startup 2, 2015
– Greece, poster exhibition “W|Design for life”, breast cancer awareness, by Toolkit Startup 2, 2015
– China, 1st international poster festival of Shenzhen exhibition, by Li Xu, 2015
– USA, “Right to Decide” exhibition, AEIVA Gallery, by Posters Without borders, 2015

Other social themes Maria designed for are, hunger, water crisis, ecology, consumerism, Greece crisis, but also reggae, reggae, reggae… and more will come…

If you wish to visit Maria’s portfolio:

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    István Horkay

    Istvan Horkay Bio

    After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Budapest, he was invited to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. He continued his Studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, and did additional Post graduate work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Horkay studied under the Internationally known Artist and Theatre Director Tadeusz Kantor as well as Professors M. Wejman, J. Nowosielski, and Palle Nielsen. He received Diplomas in Graphic Arts, Painting, and Film Animation.

    István Horkay, freelance graphic artist, poster designer, animator and filmmaker has a great significance in Hungarian cultural life and his international fame as a designer is also well-known. He works in an extremely conscious way, for him, to be up-to-date and to be modern mean the constant analysis and courageous innovations of the thematic and formal elements, and also the consequent avoidance of the usage of common place
    In his home-country, that is, in Hungary, he is an active member of the Poster Association.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istvan_Horkay

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