Graphic Designers in Latin America | Part 2


Latin America, has a long historical tradition producing a unique form of graphic expression for decades. Art is everywhere in the streets, with street and stencil art that cover buildings in Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina. Powerful strong like it’s people. Colorful, tantalizing, expressional. The second part of “Graphic Designers in Latin America” presentation includes another 6 of 12 great artists whose works has been featured and awarded international. (You can view Part 1 with  6 artists here.)

Alejandro (Ale) Paul (Argentina)

Ale Paul is one of the founders of the Sudtipos project, the first Argentinean type foundry collective. He actually teach Typography at the post-graduate class at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and has worked as an art director in prestigious Argentina-based studios, handling high-profile corporate brands.

He has walked away with awards from several design competitions. Since 2003 he began working designing fonts and lettering for several top packaging agencies. He was a speaker at TMDG06, the largest Latin American graphic design event and spoke in conferences at Portugal, Spain, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada and United States. His work has been featured in publications around the globe, incl. Eye, Communication Arts, Step, CR, Print, Computer Arts, Creative Arts, Novum among others publications.

He received three Certificates of Excellence at the Type Directors Club for the the fonts Burgues Script (2008), Adios Script (2009) and Poem Script (2011). In 2011 his typeface Piel Script received a Letter2 award.

Actually is one of the ATypI country delegates and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.


Celeste Palacios (Paraguay)

Celeste Palacios was born in Argentina und studied at the Akademy of Fine Arts in Córdoba. When she had finished her studies she worked short time as an art teacher in Argentina and exhibited her works inside and outside of Argentina. Since 2007 she works as a freelance artist and illustrator in Cologne, Germany.


Daslav Maslov (Chile)

Danslav Maslov, Chilean Publicist and Illustrator, born in Patagonia, has worked for over 15 years in advertising agencies in Chile, Mexico, and the U.S., winning many awards including Cannes Lion, London Festival, Adys Awars, Flap, San Sebastian, etc.
He has also illustrated some stories that are launched in the spring of 2012.
Exposing now a collection of surgery bills and a sample art prints who forming the 22 Tarots Cards Call “Huachaca’s Tarot”, that representing 22 characters of the Chileasn’s Idiosyncrasy.
Between 2009 and 20012 has been working in a series of cartoons on the conquest of Chile call “La Araucana” without much economic success for develop the project Daslav decide play the lottery to win the weekly grand prix for end the series or leave it and spend the money traveling with his family around the world. While that happens he talks about love of art in different countries. (other link:


Felipe Taborda (Brazil)

Felipe Taborda is a graphic designer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A graduate of Rio’s Catholic University, he studied cinema and photography at the London International Film School (England), Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts (USA). A professor at UniverCidade/RJ, he has had his own office since 1990, working mainly in the cultural, publishing and recording areas.

He also devotes himself to personal projects, such as the co-ordination and publishing of Brazil Designs, a special number of the American magazine Print, the idealization and curatorship of the event 30 Posters On Environment and Development, during Eco´92 in Rio, the concept and curatorship of The Image of Sound, a project paying tribute to Brazil’s leading composers through the visual creation of contemporary artists, and the recent exhibition Brazil AdDesign, at the Art Directors Club Gallery in New York.

His works appears in the books Graphic Design for the 21st Century – 100 of the World’s Best Graphic Designers (Taschen – Germany); World Graphic Design (Merrell Publishers – England); The Anatomy of Design (Rockport Publishers – USA); Logo Design 1 and 2 and Contemporary Graphic Design (Taschen – Germany). Recently he launched his book Latin American Graphic Design, the very first comprehensive compilation of historical and contemporary design of this region, published by Taschen.


Frank Arbelo (Bolivia)

Cuban graphic designer and illustrator. In Cuba he worked in the editorial area and for companies broadcasting culture and music. Since 1997, residing in La Paz, Bolivia, where he has served as art director for design firms. In 2003 he won first price in the category of commercial posters, in the 1th Ibero-American Biennial of Posters in La Paz, Bolivia. In 2006 he won first price in the category of unpublished posters, on the theme of Water and Desertification, in the 9th  Mexican International Biennial of Posters. Third place (bronze medal) in a autism themed poster contest organized by the association Diversamente Onlus (2009). Also in 2009, he was apointed jury in Internacional Biennial of Posters in La Paz, Bolivia and participated in the Poster for Tomorrow contest, where his work was among the ten finalists. Recently his work was elected to appear in the volume of LATIN AMERICAN GRAPHIC DESIGN, published in 2008 and ILUSTRATION NOW 4, published in 2011 by the German publishing house Taschen.


Susana Machicao (Bolivia)

Visual communicator and art director in Bolivia. She works in her own studio in design and communication. He has participated in several design projects and art exhibitions. His work has been published in Latin American Graphic Design, Logo Design and Stationary 2 Now! TASCHEN: Basic Design Logo Elements BOOK INDEX: Color Fundamentals of ROCKPORT PUBLISHERS among others. His designs have been exhibited the Poster Biennial of Mexico, Bolivia, the Biennale of Design in Madrid, the Biennial of Islamic World in Iran and France, South Korea, Poland, Portugal, Italy, USA, India, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Iran, Ukraine and others. She is Coordinator of the Biennial of Poster Bolivia BICeBé and Latin American Biennial of Typography Type Latinos in Bolivia. Founder and Graphic Designers Bolivia “Women Designers / Women Designers”. International jury has been in Peru and Mexico; Jury Online “Poster For Tomorrow” is a member of the new Committee of the Iberoamerican Design Biennial in Madrid and Poster for Tomorrow Coordinator in Bolivia. Susana is a contributor to the Red Grafitat in Ecuador.


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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