Italian Poster Biennial | A Great Homage to the Art of Poster Design

From October 12 to November 20, 2013, the monumental complex of Santa Caterina in Finale Ligure will host the first BIENNIAL OF ITALIAN POSTER (Italian Poster Biennial)

A great homage to the art of poster design.

The Biennale is a project conceived and directed by Sergio Olivotti and organized by the “Istituto di Istruzione Superiore di Finale Ligure” with the support and collaboration of Francesca Agate, Pamela Campagna and the students of the IPSIA Graphic Design School / Finale Ligure. The project is been endorsed by Aiap, Regione Liguria, Comune di Finale Ligure.

The heart of the event consists of an invitational exhibition of 250 posters by 60 famous poster artists from all over the world. The Biennale will be a widespread event which will include conferences, exhibitions, video interviews with famous international designers and workshops on poster art and graphic design in general.

Simultaneously with the main invitational exhibition, a littler exhibition “Design Vs Poverty” will take place across the streets of the charming village of Finalborgo on the issue of social poverty.

Interviews to great graphic designers will be projected in the auditorium: Luba Lukova / Armando Milani / German Montalvo / Mark Gowing / Pablo Kunst / Istvan Orosz / Elyron / Pablo Kunst / Gianluca Cannizzo and many others.

The program of the two-day opening also provides for the presence of artists/illustrators who will design live using traditional and/or digital techniques: TryAgainLab, Andrea Musso, Roberta Birò, Simona Pollio, Clorophilla, Gianluca Sturmann, Manolab and many others.

Sunday 13th from 11a.m. in the Auditorium, Ester Manitto will present the text “A Lesson with AG Fronzoni. From teaching design to designing lifestyle“.




The 1st Italian Biennial of poster will take place in the province. Out of any traditional path in the issues over graphic design, far from the most important academies. In the proposers’ expectations this view from the far will mostly promote a sincere, democratic and structured debate: we play on a neutral ground.

Now, why a Biennial of Poster? And which posters is it about?/

Some say that in nowadays society a free, unchained design shouldn’t be accepted any longer; that design should necessarily be ethically strong and forceful; that content is the noble part of design. Some state that in the planning method relies the real ethical value of design. Itself in the choice of planning (‘those who do not plan, have already chosen to be planned’ G.C. Argan) and, furthermore, in the choice of a method following specific rules – rational and not chancy, able to address an intellectually controlled world towards a form which is nothing but a deterministically unavoidable answer to a precise question (B. Munari)./

Now, is design only just this? Where is the soul of design? Are mistake, randomness, mystical irrationality part of good design? Do intellectualistic masturbations of rationalism lead to a sterile and boring design, just as it happened to rational architecture, daughter to the same assumptions? Assumed that the artist/designer (be it painter, graphic designer, stylist, architect) can’t be passively dominated by the market mermaids and has to regain the role of creator of dreams, of leader, the question – fuggy and ambiguous – is: form or content? Ethic or Aesthetic? And do the former questions make sense?

Here is a small collection of the posters that will be exhibited:



2xGoldstein / Germany



2xGoldstein / Germany



Agustina Cosulich / Argentina

Voices in Freedom


Alain Le Quernec / France

Alain Le Quernec Posters


Armando Milani / Italy



Artiva / Italy

Lettera 22


Elyron / Italy



Elzbieta Chojna / Poland



Gianluca Cannizzo / Italy



Gitte Kath / Denmark

Aarhus International Poster Show 2012


Henning Wagenbreth / Germany



Homa Delvaray / Iran

Tehran monoxide project


Kaja Renkas / Poland

Ryszard Kaja exhibition


Mehdi Mahdian / Iran

Scope of meaning – The encounter of calligraphy and sculpture


Mohammad Jamshidi / Iran

Depression contemporary man has conquer


Paolo Palma / Italy

De industria 2010


Stasys Eidrigevicius / Poland

Vilnius Book Festival


Stephan Bundi / Switzerland

Rigoletto (Opera Poster 2013)


Wojciech Kwasniewski / Poland

Jan Kiepura European Festival


Woody Pirtle / Usa

The cost of healthcare

15 years old students working on Biennial’s

(7 from 17 ideas. View more here)



Here is the (still not complete!) list of artists whose posters will be exhibited in the beautiful setting of the monumental complex of Finalborgo, italian Village of the Year 2008:

> 2xGoldstein / Germany > Agnieszka Ziemiszewska / Poland > Agustina Cosulich / Argentina > Alain Le Quernec / France > Alejandro Magallanes / Mexico > Alex Satin / Italy > Alizarina & Davide Fornari / Italy > Andrew Lewis / Canada > Anita Wasik / Poland > Armando Milani / Italy > C2F ( CYBU Richli & Fabienne Burri) / Switzerland > CYAN / Germany > Daniele De Battè / Italy > Design Studio Zwölf (Stefan Guzy , Björn Wiede ) / Germany > Elyron / Italy > Elzbieta Chojna / Poland > Eric Olivares Lira / Mexico > François Caspar / France > Gianluca Cannizzo / Italy > Gitte Kath / Denmark > Henning Wagenbreth / Germany > Homa Delvaray / Iran > Isidro Ferrer / Spain > István Orosz / Hungary > Joanna Górska & Jerzy Skakun / Poland > Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding / USA > Justyna Czerniakowska / Poland > Kaja Renkas / Poland > Kari Piippo / Finland > Katarzyna Zapart / Poland > Lech Majewski / Poland > Lorella Pierdicca / Italy > Luba Lukova / Use > Malgorzata Gurowska / Poland > Mariana Baldaia / Portugal > Mark Gowing / Australia > Matteo Carboni / Italy > Mehdi Mahdian / Iran > Mohammad Jamshidi / Iran > Niklaus Troxler / Switzerland > Norito Shinmura / Japan > Pablo Kunst / Argentina > Pamela Campagna / Italy > Paul Palma / Italy > Pekka Loiri / Finland > Peter Chmela / Slovakia > Piotr Kunce / Poland > Ryszard Kaja / Poland > Stasys Eidrigevicius / Poland > Stephan Bundi / Switzerland > Tomi SheiderBauer / Austrian – Italian > U.G. Sato / Japan > Urszula Giren / Poland > Uwe Loesch / Germany > Wojciech Kwasniewski / Poland > Woody Pirtle / Use > Yossi Lemel / Israel > Zofia Klajs / Poland


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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