A tribute to Uwe Loesch, a leading international poster designer [20]


Uwe Loesch, born 1943 in Dresden, Germany, studied Graphic Design at the Peter-Behrens Academy Duesseldorf in 1964 till 1968.

He belongs to the leading international poster designers. His work is represented in all important museums and collections such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Israel Museum Jerusalem, Le Musée de la Publicité Paris, The Library of Congress Washington D.C. and the Library of Fine Arts of the foundation Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin.

More than 30 one-man-exhibitions showed his minimalistic poster design worldwide, at last in 1994 in the DD Gallery Osaka, in 1996 in the Museu de Artes Brasileira São Paulo, in 1997 the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, in 2000 in the Galerie Anatome Paris and in 2002 in the ggg ginzagraphic gallery Tokyo.

The numerous awards he was honoured with include the Grand Prix of the International Poster Biennial in Lahti/ Finland in 1983, Gold Medal in 1987, one of the first three prizes of the International Invitational Poster Exhibition Fort Collins/Colorado, USA in 1987, Winner of the Internationale Litfass-Art-Biennial Munich in 1989 and 1992, the Grand Prix of the international competition „German Prize for communication design“ Essen in 1995, the Gold Medal of the International Biennial of graphic design Brno, Czech Republic in 1996, the Silver Medal of the Festival d’Affiches de Chaumont, France in 1996 and in 1997 two Bronze Medals of the Triennial of Toyama, Japan. Gold Medal of the ADC of Europe in 1996 and Silver Medal of the ADC New York in 1998 and in 2001.

He is member of the AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale, the TDC Type Directors Club New York and the ADC Art Directors Club for Germany. Since 1990 he holds a professorship for communication design at the University of Wuppertal.




Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. 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)

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