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

Who is Maria Papaefstathiou?

Maria Papaefstathiou is a graphic designer, illustrator and blogger from Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particular on social poster design and portrait design. Her most recent poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of Greek traditional and popular culture. 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 mind sets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”.

Link: www.itsjustme.net

She is also the Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee.


Maria is the founder and editor of 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.


She was awarded and invited to participate in International exhibitions, showcasing her posters in group exhibitions such as: Belgium, South Korea, Jamaica, Greece, Turkey, Cape Town, Poland, China, USA etc.

Interviews :

1. http://www.artistic-license.org/portfolio/maria-papaefstathiou/
2. http://grekamag.gr/23227/ (english version here)


  • (2012)
    • “Posters for Japan” exhibition curated by Green+You in South Korea
  • (2012 – 2017)
    • “World A Reggae” and “The Art of Reggae” exhibitions by the International Reggae Poster Contest in Jamaica, Athens and Thessaloniki Greece, Mexico, Washington, Spain and Cuba.
  • (2013)
    • “Innovation for Education” exhibition in Turkey
  • (2014)
    • “Nelson Poster Project” in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa and other international cities
    • “Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital” a Permanent Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa
    • “Jazz wRuinach” in Poland at the 10th International Jazz Festival
  • (2015)
    • “ε/Design your Expression” in Greece curated by Toolkit Startup
    • “W|Design for life” Breast Cancer Awareness in Greece curated by Toolkit Startup
    • “1st International Poster Festival of Shenzhen Exhibition” in China by Li Xu
    • “Right to Decide” exhibition at AEIVA Gallery, by Posters Without borders
  • (2016)
    • “BikeArt” in Athens, Greece
  • (2016 – 2019)
    • “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Resnick and exhibited in Taiwan, Mexico, Poland, Greece, San Marino, Spain, Scotland, USA Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Ohio; Illinois; Chicago; Boston and Korea until today.
  • (2017)
    • “BoobsArt” curated by FactorySeeds in Belgium
    • “Action / Re-action / Interaction” exhibition at BICEBÉ exhibition in Bolivia, by Posters Without borders
    • “100 posters for Crete” exhibition in Crete, Greece
    • “Sing me a song” exhibition in Cyprus, by World Graphic Designers
  • (2018)
    • “Transition” exhibition by Autopsia Colectiva, Galería AP, Mexico
    • “Cultural Heritage” exhibition by World Graphic Designers, Jakarta, Indonesia
    • “GMO-Free=Green+You” exhibition by Green Plus You, Korea Design Center, Hall (B1) Gallery, South Korea
    • “1st Medical Cannabis Intl. Invitational Poster Exhibition” curated by Maria Papaefstathiou, Athens Greece
  • (2019)
    • “30 years since the revolution of December 1989”, Roar 5.0 Exhibition of Social and Political Posters organized by Atelierul DeGrafica and Ciprian N. Isac in Bucharest, Romania
    • “Day of the Dead” exhibition by Autopsia Colectiva, Galería AP, Mexico
    • “World Peace” Intl. exhibition organized by Gabriel Benderski, Spain
  • (2020)
    • «The warmth of the city» Zhengjiang City Biennale

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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  • 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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