This second Poster Monday spot of the day goes to Rafael Lopez from Mexico City, who holds a degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design, teaches and leads 2 studios, one in San Diego and another in San Miguel de Allende Mexico.
Rafael is an award winning children’s book illustrator, conceptual illustrator and muralist. His murals are created with the collaboration of the local community and he works with children from under-represented areas of the cities where he paints. He designed 7 postal stamps for the United States Postal Service and was part of the official Artists for Obama, during both campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He has also designed posters for organizations like the Sierra Club and Amnesty International.
The poster featured here was created when Rafael was invited to design a series of 4 posters for the second Americas Latino Eco Conference in Boulder Colorado. Conceptually he wanted to do a spin off of the five R’s of conservation so he selected new words that began with Re and worked to develop the serie with a fresh perspective on the ideas of conservation and preservation. For the poster “RE-imagine” the image represented a new way of thinking about our lives as part of the intricately woven fragile eco system.
As a teacher Rafael recognizes the importance of mentoring and growing young talent for so he reached out to a young Latina designer, Lulubi Garcia who recently graduated from San Diego City College to work on the type design for the series.