Curate the 1st Medical Cannabis International Invitational Poster Exhibition

The IRPC and its co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou invited 50 designers from 27 countries to participate in the first Cannabis Poster Exhibition. 43 posters were submitted and were exhibited at the BALKANNABIS EXPO in Athens, Greece, on June 1-3, 2018. The EXPO is an international trade fair and conference on medical cannabis and hemp applications. More than 120 exhibitors and 30+ world-renowned speakers convened at the event.

The main goal of the Cannabis Poster Exhibition was to raise awareness of the healing properties of the cannabis plant and its many uses. The exhibition was a big success with 50 iconic and unique poster designs seen by hundreds of visitors who showed great interest in having the exhibition tour to other countries. The posters were available for sale and proceeds were donated to solidarity organizations working with unescorted refugee children in Greece.

Participating designers were:

Alexandros Papantoniou, Cyprus; Alon Braier, Israel; André Hutchinson, Jamaica; Andrew Cachia, Malta; Anthony Smith, Jamaica; Babak Safari, Iran
Byoungil Sun, South Korea; Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Zimbabwe; Christopher Scott, Ecuador; David Jiménez, Ecuador; Elmer Sosa, Mexico; Eric Boelts, USA; Erin Wright, USA; Frank Arbelo, Cuba; Gabriel Benderski, Uruguay; George Chandrinos, Greece; Irwan Harnoko, Indonesia; Jacek Tofil, Poland; Jos Vergauwe, Belgium; Manos Stamatinos, Greece; Mario Fuentes, Ecuador; Maria Papaefstathiou, Greece; Mary Anne Pennington, USA; Mi Jung Lee, South Korea; Onur Askin, Turkey; Pantelis Toutounopoulos, Greece; Rosario Nocera, Italy; Roy Villalobos, USA/Mexico; Saleh Zanganeh, Iran; Sashoy Brewry, Jamaica; Sonia Diaz and Gabriel Martinez, Spain; Vasilis Grivas, Greece; Xu Li, China; Zafer Lehilmer, Turkey.

Check out the posters here:

Poster for Crete

The poster for Crete was designed for the project “100 posters for Crete” that took place in August, 2017, on the island of Crete in Greece.
100 graphic designers, among them myself as well, who live and work in Greece, Cyprus and many other cities abroad, were invited to design disinterestedly one poster each about Crete, without any subject or technique restrictions. The Project raised 6.000€ to support the work of ELEPAP Chania and Orizontas.

Sing me a Poster. Exhibited in Cyprus

This poster is a collaboration between GREECE and IRAN. A collaboration between Maria Papaefstathiou (GREECE) and Mohammad Ardalani (IRAN). Designed for the project by Worldwide Graphic Designers

Song: How should I know?
Singer: Homayoun Shajarian
Composer: Sohrab Pournazeri
Poet: Rumi

Translation of this song poet:
How could I know that this longing would drive me so crazy;
That it would make my heart a prison, and my eyes a river?
How know tears like a flash flood would carry me away,
And hurl me like a boat into a vast sea of blood?
That waves would beat and split this boat board by board,
Until each board twists away from all the many tortures?
That the sea-monster would raise its head- and swallow the sea;
That such an immense sea would go dry like a desert plain?
That the devouring sea-monster would then split this plain,
And suddenly pull me down into a pit, like Qarun, in wrath?
When these transformations occurred, naught remained;
What do I know, when why and what swallow each other?
O how many the “I don’t knows” there are- but I don’t know;
For I have swallowed the foam of opium, to forget that sea!

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Breast Cancer Awareness poster has been invited to participate in the Women’s Rights Are Human Rights collection

“Women’s Rights Are Human Rights:
International Posters advocating an end to gender-based inequity, violence and discrimination.”

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick

“Women’s Rights Are Human Rights”
 is a very fitting title for an exhibition of Women’s rights and advocacy posters, as it is a term used in the women’s rights movement and was the title of an important speech given by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. In her speech, Hillary Clinton suggests that “if the term ‘women’s rights’ were to be interchangeable with the term ‘human rights’ the world community would be a better place because human rights affect the women who raise the world’s children, care for the elderly, run companies, work in hospitals, right for better education and better health care.”

Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and healthcare. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

In many cultures, women have very little control over their own bodies, with female sexuality being largely controlled and defined by men in patriarchal societies. Sexual violence committed by men is often rooted in ideologies of male sexual entitlement, and these systems grant women very few legitimate options to refuse sexual advances. This entitlement can take different forms, depending on the culture. Human rights and women’s rights are violated every single day as the rape and brutality of women is used as an instrument of armed conflict. Women and children make up a large majority of the world’s refugees. And when women are excluded from the political process, they become even more vulnerable to abuse.

This exhibition features over 60 posters created by both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens should play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, protecting women and girls against brutality, and promoting women’s empowerment and participation in society. These poster images challenge religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women from achieving their fullest potential; these images argue for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women, and achievement of equality between women and men that fosters societal stability and human dignity.

The exhibition will have its official premiere in the President’s Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts, September 26 – October 29, 2016. A smaller selection of the posters will be on display at the Bienal Internacional Del Cartel En México, being held in San Luis Potosi, September-October 2016. A special advance showing of this exhibition was held at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan in May 2016.

This exhibition has travelled internationally.


Bike Forces – Exhibition 2016

Bike Forces is my poster specially designed for the BIKEART.GR EXHIBITION.
I love bicycling since I was a kid. The freedom I feel whenever I ride my bike cannot be compared to anything in the world. This freedom I decided to express it through the art form of Futurism. Bright Colors and shapes that reveal the forces of the bike, were given also through the eye of Dynamics. (Bicycle Dynamics is the science of the motion of bicycles (and motorcycles) and their components, due to the forces acting on them. Dynamics is a branch of classical mechanics, which in turn is a branch of physics. Bike motions of interest include balancing, steering, braking, accelerating, suspension activation, and vibration. The study of these motions began in the late 19th century and continues today. wikipedia info)

The BIKEART.GR EXHIBITION is being organized by URBANACT and team.
Exhibition Includes: Posters from over 60 Greek and foreign artists
Vintage bike exhibition / creative innovative bike and products exhibition / seminars – school visits / competition and lotteries / bike films.
The proceeds from the sale of poster works will support the making of Grafity on the walls of the Nursing Home in Volos.

The right to decide | University of Alabama at Birmingham

I was invited by ‘Posters without Borders’ to participate to the “Right to Decide” exhibition.
62 artists from 25 countries, including some of the most respected poster artists in the world, created new posters on the subject of voting rights and fair elections specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition also includes student posters from university design programs in Russia, Finland, Colombia, Taiwan as well as 5 universities in the United States.
The exhibition was held at AEIVA Gallery.
You can see all of the posters online at
and on the Posters Without Borders website
‘Posters without Borders’ is an invitational poster exhibition organized by Eric Boelts, Antonio Castro, and Erin Wright showing work by artists from all over the world exploring the topic of immigration.

Pay homage to the Venezuelan artist Juan Carlos Darias

I was invited by the “Darias Design Institute” to participate in the exhibition: Transcend, Tribute to Juan Carlos Darias, hosted at the Carlos Cruz-Diez Design Museum in August 2015.
The cause and theme of the exhibition were to pay homage the wonderful Venezuelan artist Juan Carlos Darias who left this world on January 18, 2015. Juan was one of the best poster designers in Venezuela. Juan Carlos Darias used the platform of the poster to help his country and the world to be a better place. I will miss him dearly.


Breast Cancer Awareness | Greece

I had the honour this year to be invited by the Toolkit Startup 2 to participate in their poster exhibition “W|Design for life” that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece.
I wanted to express such a serious matter through a colourful design, of a beautiful woman because I wanted to give a positive message. A woman’s beauty does not stop to exist if affected… Beauty comes from within, and if we keep our spirit high and positive, colourful and bright, our life can still be wonderful…

… but also… ladies… Do not forget the value of the early detection. Check yourself regularly, Educate yourself and others about it…

The poster has been exhibited by the Toolkit Startup 2 in Thessaloniki.


Freedom of Expression | Greece

I was invited by the Toolkit Startup 2 to participate in their poster exhibition “ε/Design your Expression”.
The concept of my poster is “be Free BUT with Responsibility”. As Chesterton once said, “To have a right opinion to do a thing is not the same as to be right in doing it”.

10th International Festival “Jazz w Ruinach”, Poland

I was invited to participate at the poster exhibition “Celebrate Jazz” that will be presented during a 10th International Festival “Jazz w Ruinach” that takes place in Ruins of Victoria’s Theatre in Gliwice (Poland), in August 2014.

The artist I present is Monty Alexander.
Jamaica is known for reggae and ska, but for more than 50 years the pianist Monty Alexander has been making the case for Jamaica as a home for a distinctive brand of jazz.

Poster for Nelson Mandela

The Mandela Poster Project  (MPP) initiative was founded in order to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s contribution to humanity by creating a poster or series of posters.
The project aimed to collect exceptional posters from around the world and collate them into an online publication and travelling exhibition.

My poster was one of the 95 selected posters.

MPPC has shown the 95 posters in roving exhibitions around the world since then. They sold the master set for R1 million ($100 000 at the time) and donated the money to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital – a lifelong dream of South Africa’s revered former president.


At Novum Magazine
January 2014 edition of Novum Magazine

At Print Magazine:
MPP on the AIGA website



My poster was selected by the “Mandela Poster Project” to form part of the Mandela Poster Project 95 exhibition collection. The poster was exhibited at the University of Pretoria and in other venues such as:
– HP, Johannesburg, 29 July – 10 August (by invitation only viewing of the printed display)
– Turbine Art Fair, 26 – 28 July, Johannesburg (open to the public of digital display)
– TEDxJohannesburg, Johannesburg, 15 August (registered delegates only viewing of a digital display)
– TEDxSoweto, Johannesburg, 2 November (registered delegates only viewing of a digital display)
– Open Design Cape Town, Cape Town City Hall (open to the public of printed display)
– Peacemakers Museum, Johannesburg, September/October [exact dates to be determined] (open to the public of printed display)
– SA Innovation Summit (SABS), 27-28 August (registered delegates only viewing of a digital display)

MPP the M&G Literary Festival
MPP at the Open Design Festival, Cape Town, 21-31 August 2013.
MPP at the SA Innovation Summit in Johannesburg
MPP at Open Design expo in Cape Town



Poster on Education | Turkey

“If Knowledge and understanding could be transferred from one person to another like a yawn, then wisdom would become Magically Contagious” ~A quote written by Michael Iva.

Without education for all, wisdom can never be contagious or achieved. Without a worthy target, there can be nothing to aim for, and thus no target could be achieved. We must have something to aim for. That aim must be the ideal, something worthy, something of value to hopefully achieve…something like wisdom.

A collaboration between
Mary Papaefstathiou (art direction/design),
Michael Iva (writer)


The poster was selected at the International Poster Exhibition
“Innovation in Education” and was exhibited at Erzurum / Türkiye

Certification of participation.


Featured in the book “Innovation in Education International Poster Exhibition”

Poster for Somalia | South Korea

Exhibited in South Korea…
Photos are from the setup of the exhibition “VISION KOREA. 비상飛上대한민국!” organized by Green+You, founder Byoung Won Choi and sponsored by Doosung Paper Co. 두성종이(주)

Posters for JAPAN | South Korea

I designed those posters for Japan when an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit off the east coast of Japan on 11th March 2011. On 11th March 2012, 2 of my posters were exhibited to the “Posters for JAPAN Exhibition [Green+You]” in South Korea. This was my first time making social awareness posters and first time being exhibited.

Posters for JAPAN Exhibition by Maria Papaefstathiou, it's just me

Posters for JAPAN Exhibition by Maria Papaefstathiou, it's just me

Posters for JAPAN Exhibition by Maria Papaefstathiou, it's just me

Posters for JAPAN Exhibition by Maria Papaefstathiou, it's just me

Posters for JAPAN Exhibition by Maria Papaefstathiou, it's just me