Refresh Charleston Speaker Spotlight - Marius Valdes

Speaker Spotlight on Designer & Artist – Marius Valdes

Refresh Charleston Speaker Spotlight - Marius Valdes

Celebrated illustrator, designer and artist Marius Valdes was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.  His artwork has been widely exhibited in Colorado, Georgia, Las Vegas, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia, and in notable private, and commercial commissions across the United States, while his design work has been featured in several books about contemporary graphic design and illustration.

Of his work, Marius intimates  that his “… creative projects have evolved from a lifelong interest and relationship with visual stories and character based art and design … [that] the most interesting aspect of creating art is imagination. It gives the artist the ability to create new worlds, interesting characters, and situations that can address any topic in a unique way.”

Over the last eight years, Marius has had seven solo exhibitions and been selected for 15 juried group exhibitions at the international, national, and regional levels.

Over the same time span,  Marius and his former company, “Zoo Valdes“, have been recognized with awards from international and national competitions for creative professionals. He has won industry recognition for his graphic design and illustration work from renowned design publications such as HOW, Print, Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, STEP.  Marius has also garnered respect via industry competitions including The AIGA’s InShow and SEED Awards, and The South Carolina Advertising Federation Addy Awards in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville.

Valdes received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia in 1998 and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. He currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina where he is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of South Carolina.

Say Hello to Marius on Twitter (@zoovaldes) and check out his work at

Event Information

On October 20, Marius will join us to discuss Passion Projects: Zoo Valdes and The Secret Species.

This event is presented with support from, AIGA South CarolinaBlue IonCampaign Monitor and Tito. As usual, refreshments will be available before and during the meetup. Email us at if you have any questions.

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