Juan Carlos Darias Copas (1961-2015)

We use to say that facebook friends are not our real friends… Well, they can be very real and they can become our family in this beautiful global community of design, where we, all the artists and designers of the world, are one big family and yesterday we lost one of our family members. Our heart today is filled with sorrow upon the sad news about the Juan Carlos Darias Copas passing. Our most sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. Juan Carlos Darias was a member of the International Reggae Poster Contest Jury since 2012, and had offered us some wonderful artworks to support Alpha Boys School and the Contest. Recently took part in the 2014 selection. We will certainly miss his brilliant creative mind. He will be a great loss to the International design community.
Rest in peace dear friend.


A calendar for 2015 with Juan Carlos Darias drawings.

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Some of his paintings and drawings.

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Juan Carlos Darias offering flowers… These works were made in 2001 and is a series of 4 variations on a theme, a vase with 2 flowers.

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Juan Carlos Darias Contributions to the International Poster Contest (2012-2014).

Juan Carlos Darias for the Reggae-Poster-Contest-2012-2014

Few Words
Juan Carlos Darias Copas was a graphic designer since 1986, director Clips designer magazine, art director of the magazine Popder Young, member of the Gallery AVAP, academic director since 1989 in various institutes design, ISA, IDA. Founder and director of the Institute of Design Darias (1996). Head Teacher Art and writer specialized in design Logos magazine.
Consultant and honorary member of International Design Conference figfico (COIDIGRA), Mérida, Venezuela. Instructor in the extension area Simón Bolívar University. Friend of Icograda. Speaker at national and international events, including: International Congress of Graphic Design Merida (2003, 2004, 2005), Design Week in Sao Paulo (2004), 8th Biennial International Cartel in Mexico (2004), History of Design in Venezuela University Anhembi Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil, among others.
Curator, participant and organizer of several exhibitions: Idea Visual, proposals of a school, Among Beings and Fantasies, Dog Picado, designer Felipe Taborda Carioca in Caracas – a vision Brazilian contemporary poster. Investigator history graphic design in Venezuela. Coordinator of the sample in Caracas Winners of the Biennial Letras Latinas 2004 and Venezuelan proposals, IDDAR Gallery (2005). Curator and designer shows El Quijote Figure 400 years of travel that sad figure (2004).
Representative of Venezuela on the jury of the Biennial Letras Latinas and the one to bring the sample to Venezuela (2006).

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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