Special guest / President of the jury
Born in Argentina in 1932, Mordillo is a cartoonist and cartoon animation author. He has been one of the most published cartoonists in many countries of the world since the 70s. He started his career in Peru, then in the United States, where he worked at Paramount providing his work as a designer for some animated short films of comics characters destined to become famous, such as Popeye. But the international fame for Mordillo will come after he moved to Paris, in the ’60s, when he will give life to funny and poetic drawings that will then appear on books, puzzles, diaries and posters. Mordillo,s works are characterized by bright colors and a strong sense of humor impersonated by his funny and peaceful characters, who do not express themselves in words but through gestures, in scenes developed especially in sports (especially football and golf) and in the sphere of the couple. Equally famous are the images that see protagonists nature and animals, in particular the giraffes, whose adventures have been collected in several volumes of incredible success.
The other jurors
Founder Le palle
He was born in 1972 and he has always been attracted by drawing and comics. Roberto Balocco soon begins to lay out his first advertising space. Then for ten years he deals with concept and graphic design for installations. In 2006 he co-founded Elyron, he deals with communication above all in the cultural field, wins a European Design Award and increases the interest for self-production. In this context, the LePalle project was born in 2011, which from 2014 expanded and became a brand. Passionate about music, he has played and recounted contemporary folk on the radio and in his show of intimate concerts The Rowing Sessions.
Graphic designer – Editor in-chief Picame Mag
From over 10 years I work in the field of graphic design and communication. In 2008 I’ve created created Picame. Today I combine my role of editor in chief of the magazine with my career as designer and art director at FARGO, a communication agency I’ve founded in 2013.
Illustrator – Art director Minibombo Editions
Silvia Borando was born in 1986. As a child she wanted to be a hairdresser to dye her aunt’s hair in fuchsia color. He keeps his passion for colors when he grew up, working as graphic designer in the TIWI studio; it also coordinates the minibombo project. He lives between Trecate and Reggio Emilia and his favorite animal is the hedgehog.
Beppe Giacobbe graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and then continued his studies in New York at the School of Visual Arts. Although eventually returning to Milan, Beppe’s palette reflects the lights of his beloved homeland of Sicily. Beppe’s work is regularly winning awards in all the major U.S. and Italian annuals. Beppe is especially pleased that his work has been included in United Airlines’ illustrated campaigns; his imagery has regularly been on Travelsmith catalog covers; and his award winning graphic author portraits are covers for Rizzoli’s classics. Beppe also loves illustrating children’s books, like “Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep!” which was published by Simon & Schuster. The first monograph on his work, “Visionary Dictionary” a collection of over 250 illustrations, subdivided into key topics, was published by Lazy Dog Press in 2013. Aside from illustrating, Beppe enjoyed 12 years of teaching at the European Institute of Design and always makes time for sculpting from knick-knacks and pieces of wood he finds along his walks.
Maria Flora Giubilei
Director of “Musei di Genova-Nervi”
Maria Flora Giubilei is an art historian, after winning the competition for managing director of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Genoa in 1988, since 2001 is the director of the Museums of Nervi – Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Genoa, Raccolte Frugone and Luxoro Museum. She is co-curator of two art books with stories and illustrations for children, author of essays on the history of Italian arts from the first half of the nineteenth to the contemporary, on the history of collecting in the same period, she has participated in many conventions, seminars and cultural events. She has been the curator of many contemporary art exhibitions.
Lorenzo Giuffredi’s career launched when he started working as a designer at Vogue Italy. Condé Nast assigned him the role of Art Director for most of the magazines they published. He worked there for twelve years, after which he decided to move to New York. Once in the city, he worked as an Art Director for Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Estée Lauder. By opening his own company, Lorenzo became the Creative Director for numerous magazines and books, such as GQ, VanityFair, Traveller, Marie Claire Maison, Vacheron Constantin, Numéro Beauté. Currently settled in New York, he has collaborated with some of the best photographers in the industry, including Peter Lindberg, Albert Watson, Javier Vallhonrat, Dennis Piel, Jean Paul Sieff, David Bailey, Rankin, Horst, Paolo Roversi, Hiro, and Arthur Elgort.
Professor of Industrial Design for Visual Communication
He attended the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and the ETSAM, Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (Spain). He received a MSc Degree in Architecture from Polytechnic University of Turin. He is an architect associated with the architectural firm MG2 which he founded in 2007. Since 2010 he is a contract professor for the tuition of Industrial Design for Visual Communication 3, within the bachelor’s degree of Graphic & Virtual Design. From 2005 to 2009 he was editor of the Contemporary Architecture section at “Il Giornale dell’Architettura” published by Allemandi in Turin. In 2007 he founded Quattrolinee, communication agency that manufactures graphic, web, multimedia and research. Since 2010 he is a contract professor for the tuition of Industrial Design for Visual Communication 3, within the bachelor’s degree of Graphic & Virtual Design. In 2010 he founded the non-profit cultural association PLUG, a creativity accelerator which organizes communication initiatives of social nature as Posterheroes.org and Fabene.org
Illustrator / Visual artist
Jean Jullien was born in 1983 in the city of Cholet in France. After high school, Jean Jullien studied for his post-baccalauréat in graphic design at Le Paraclet in Brittany, where he was introduced to the work of French graphic artists and illustrators such as Tomi Ungerer, Raymond Savignac, and studio M/M Paris. Jean then moved to London to carry on studying graphic design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2008, followed closely by a Masters in Arts Communication at the Royal College of Art. Today, Jean Jullien’s instantly recognizable signature style has seen him become one of the most sought after illustrators around. Often character based, his work is always well observed, keenly aware of its surroundings, and often funny. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent, yet eclectic body of work. Voted by Creativity 50 as one of The Most Creative People of the Year 2015, Jean Jullien also has a prominent and established voice in the newspaper and magazine realm and a blossoming presence in the art, gallery, and museum world. Jean Jullien’s achievements and projects in the field of advertising and design campaigns further point to yet another aspect of his remarkable talent: his inimitable ability to connect to the public’s sense of the everyday, and his ability to encapsulate and appreciate the importance of various lifestyles. It is in the hopes of capturing what is relevant and of the moment, but also recognizable and instantly relatable, that clients such as Nike, Stella Artois, Uniqlo, Eurostar, Verizon, and TFL, have reached out to Jean Jullien for their campaigns.
Illustrator – Winner of 13th edition of the contest
Victoria Semykina was born in Moscow where she studied painting for six years at the Art Accademy. Victoria is fond of travelling around the world and is currently living in sunny Bologna, Italy (where she has graduated from Bologna Academy of Arts). In between illustrating, she loves observing people, traveling and riding her red bicycle which features a basket that serves well collecting materials for her collages and other artwork. Her strong passion for ships propels Victoria to spend considerable time at her shipyard working on the realization of her dream, which is to sail around the world in her largest paper vessel.
President of Associazione Tapirulan
During the high school he developed his current passions: illustration, music and narrative. So at the university, he enrolled in Economics and Commerce, thinking that the double game, marketing plans and codes of commercial law would stimulate his creativity. In fact, he began to be interested in graphics design and photography. After graduation he founded Tapirulan, along with some friends. Tapirulan became an association, a publishing house, a gallery, a library. He has collaborated with public institutions, festivals, museums and galleries.