Designer Tomasz Bartz talks about his Art and the 1st Intl. Reggae Poster Contest


Tomasz Bartz was born in Poland in 1986. In 2010, graduated with a diploma from the Graphic Design Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Since 2004, has worked as a freelance graphic designer. His artistic and professional work concentrates on poster design, corporate identities, print graphics and packaging. Recently, he also executes pop art paintings, based on icons that have been around for many generations.
Much of his art is inspired by typography. His mixed media techniques give his artwork a distinguishing mark of exclusivity. Some of these techniques are acrylic, crayon, textures and pasting.

Tell us how you found out about the RPC and what is your impression?
I found out about the contest through a friend. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there was no information about it on any Polish website. Music (my second passion) always influenced my art, so I thought it would be a great idea to try.

What’s it like seeing your work selected twice in the RPC top ten best Reggae posters and also at the 67th place?
I think everyone says this, but it was truly unexpected. I’ve only participated in a few local contests. The information about 4th place in the international competition surprised me totally. I’m very proud of this achievement.

When did you become attracted to Reggae music?
In fact, not so early. Only 5-6 years ago. But I was always attracted to playing music. A few years ago, I joined the dub-reggae band in my hometown and recently I formed one.

How would you summarize your experience with the First International Reggae Poster Contest? Did it live up to your expectations?
As I said, I have no experience as a contestant, so I cannot compare, but it was really exciting. Sometimes I’m really disappointed by the quality of reggae posters, graphics, etc. It was great to see so many good artworks on my beloved music. You can see that people do not use stereotypes. Why does this not happen more often?

Describe your design philosophy and the meaning behind your winning poster?
For me designing is the way to live. That’s why I’m not limited to one style. But of course I’ve got my favourite techniques.
I attach great importance to typography. This is the base. Sometimes I like to use expressionist painting style, with splashes, smudges, spots, dots and streaks giving the impression of randomness. I want to have works always fresh, easy and entertaining. I try to make them full of a joy of life, humor and optimism.

One of my posters was inspired by the legendary Jamaican singer and musician Winston Rodney. Roots music was always inspiring to me, for both sides of my creativeness. I do not hide that these posters were inspired also by the great designer Waldemar Swierzy and his Jazz Greats series of famous American jazz performers and their instruments. Someone for sure may find similarities, which I take as a compliment.

What’s your thoughts on our objective to have the Reggae Hall of Fame museum built in Kingston, Jamaica?
Sounds great! I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I hope one day I could visit this beautiful island and your museum.

Will you participate next year, to the Reggae Poster Contest 2013?
Of course I will. I can’t wait until next year.


Enjoy below some distinguished works from Tomasz’s Bartz portfolio


Jazz Festival


Winefest Poster


Exhibit Poster


Cd Cover


Poetry Illustration


Logo Design

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. (


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