Victoria Graphic Artist to receive prestigious GOLD MEDAL from Ambassador of Mexico.


Victoria Graphic Artist – Andrew Lewis to receive prestigious GOLD MEDAL from His Excellency Francisco Suarez-Davila – Ambassador of Mexico in Canada and Ms. Claudia Franco – Consul General of Mexico. The Gold Medal was won by Lewis at the International Poster Exhibition of Mexico in Mexico City out of a field of 8,400 entries.The poster designed and illustrated by Andrew Lewis features a co-branding image between Converse (USA) and Marimekko (Finland) was used for local retail business Baggins Shoes of Victoria BC. The Gold Medal was awarded in October 2012 at the Franz Mayer Museum for the International Poster Exhibition of Mexico – the world’s second largest poster exhibition. This is the first time a Canadian designer has won the Gold Medal in the 24 year history of this international poster Biennial. The Government of Mexico will be making the presentation to Andrew Lewis at the BC Parliament Building from His Excellency Francisco Suarez-Davila – Ambassador of Mexico.The ceremony will be held October 24th, 2:00pm, at the BC Parliament Buildings in the Rattenbury Room, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria BC. Contact information/Manager of International Visits: Karen Geiger 250.356.9414

Contact information
Patricia de la Maza
Cultural & Media Affairs
Consul General of Mexico
411-1177 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC, V6E 2K3
T: 604.684.1859 ext 3020
E: [email protected]

Andrew Lewis is an internationally recognized Canadian art director-designer acknowledged for award-winning corporate identities, branding,packaging, poster art and multi-media applications. Awide-rangingportfolio of prestigious clients includes such well known companies asPerrier, Starbucks Coffee, the Converse, and VISA. Andrew Lewis hashad his work included in numerous international collections, including theFrench National Library, the Permanent Collection of the Library ofCongress in Washington D.C., the International Poster Biennial in Mexico City, and the Merrill Berman Collectionin New York City. He has also been a guest speaker at various design conferences, TEDx, poster biennials anduniversities in Canada, the USA, Central & South America, Europe and Asia. To date, Andrew Lewis Design hasdesigned over 700 posters and 150 brands and is based in Victoria, Canada.

Contact information
Andrew Lewis
1547 Mount Douglas X Rd
Victoria, BC, V8N 1Z9
T: 778.433.6927
E: [email protected]

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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