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Global Studio Sessions: Latin America

September 22, 2021

Global Studio Sessions: Latin America
Guest Designers: Alejandro Magallanes, México, Fernanda Martins, Brazil, and Pepe Menéndez, Cuba
The MFA in Graphic Design program’s third Global Studio Sessions features presentations by visiting designers from Latin America. A q & a following will be moderated by faculty member, Lorena Howard Sheridan.
Alejandro Magallanes was born in Mexico City 49 years ago. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He plays and works with letters and images, sometimes commissioned by someone and sometimes just for the fun of it. To date, he has written ten children’s books, three poetry books, and several artist books, including his first novel. He works for the cultural and social areas, and has drawn, painted, assembled, and designed many other books, posters, animations, collages, photos, letters, and images. Three monographs of his work as a designer and poster artist have been published in China, Spain, and Germany. His work has been recognized internationally. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has received various national and international recognitions, as well as various exhibitions around the world.
Fernanda Martin’s primary areas of teaching are Design and Typography. Her academic research explores the areas of Brazilian Graphic Memory and Typography, especially in the Amazon region. She founded and coordinates the project Letras que Flutuam (Floating letters) that investigates the traditional Amazonian boat painters and the Amazonian decorative letters. The project was selected in the Rumos – Itaú Cultural program in 2016, which resulted in the documentary “Marajó das Letras”. In 2018 the project received the Rodrigo de Mello Franco de Andrade Award, from the Ministry of Culture-IPHAN, the most important cultural heritage prize in Brazil, and also was awarded in the Bienal Intermericana de Diseño in Madrid. Fernanda holds a Ph.D. in Design History at Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial -ESDI / UERJ where she investigated the history of Printing in Pará State, she also holds a Master in Graphic Design and Typography at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, and a master in Semiotics and Visual Culture at the Federal University of Pará. Fernanda Martins has a bachelor’s degree in Arts from the School of Communications and Arts at USP – University of São Paulo.
Cuban graphic designer born and living in Havana, Pepe Menéndez works mostly for clients from the cultural branch, i.e., publishers, art galleries, and the film industry. Has been leading the in-house design office of an important cultural center in the island for over 20 years. A graduate of the Cuban University of Design (ISDi), he has traveled the world lecturing, presenting poster shows and conducting workshops. His work has been widely published and exhibited, as well as taken part in international design competitions, mainly poster biennials. On two occasions (Quito and Seoul) he was invited as an international jury member. A great enthusiast of posters, he founded The Poster-Friends Club in 2007, a local group of admirers of this art. His collection is the second-largest private collection in Cuba. As a joint effort with another colleague, he was able to produce the book Posters of the Revolution, in 2017. The Cuban Design Council (ONDi) awarded him this year with the National Design Award, for his lifetime achievements.
Global Studio Sessions: Latin America
This event is open to VCFA faculty, staff, students, and alumnx. Please get in touch should you want to join.