This Time for Africa… Mosaic Illustrations by Charis Tsevis


This is a collection, inspired by Africa, of mosaic illustrations made by Charis Tsevis, visual artist from Greece. His recent artworks on African women was the source that led me to one more article on his work. A tribute to him for the unconditional help he offered to me but to also many other designers.

Charis creativity is beyond any ordinary. Simply amazing! It is not only his technique which we find to it’s perfection, but also the amazing use of color.  Enjoy this set here or be prepared to be amazed @

For more articles on Charis Tsevis on graphicart-news, just click here.


Sphesihle (Precious gift).

Portrait of an African girl.


Uthanda ukudansa nami? (Would you like to dance with me?).

Portrait of an African girl.


Igama lami ngu Nomathemba (My name is Hope).

Portrait of an African girl.


The heat is on!

Three Colorful Basketball players



I dreamed of Mandela’s Africa

Created for the Mandela95 Poster Project, an initiative of Jacques Lange and Mohammed Jogie. Artist used the shapes of all African countries and created a new map-portrait of Mandela-Africa.


When you see Jah light…

A Bob Marley portrait.


Both Portraits of Bob Marley for the Reggae Hall of Fame foundation.
This poster is donated to raise funds to support the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica.

Created by Charis Tsevis. Based on a photo from the book “Bob Marley and the golden age of reggae” by Kim Gottlieb-Walker, licensed exclusively for this initiative. Logo of the Reggae Hall of Fame by Michael Thompson aka freestylee. The International Reggae Poster Contest and The Reggae Hall of fame are an initiative by Maria Papaefstathiou and Michael Thompson.


Positive vibration


African flower

Experimental collage portrait of a South African girl.
There are many colorful flowers on the path of life, but the prettiest have the sharpest thorns. — African Proverb


Kozi’s Lioness

Kozi’s is a grill house in Athens, Greece.


Kozi’s Lion

Kozi’s is a grill house in Athens, Greece.


David Rudisha: Beyond Numbers.

A typographic portrait of David Rudisha made out of numbers of his incredible world record and other related information. Created for SPIKES magazine.


Usain Bolt: The Gatorade portrait.

Illustration representing Usein Bolt reconstructed from parts and fragments of a Gatorade bottle. Unpublished.


GATORADE New Series Line: Usain Bolt


Raila Odinga: A study for an African PM’s portrait.

Made by elements “stolen” from the African tribal art, combined with design obsessions of Charis Tsevis, like the Gestalt psychology.
Charis has tried to keep the color palette limited to just 3 colors (+ White), those of the Kenyan flag.


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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