Roar of Approval for World Cup Team Posters by Crisvector
Brazilian graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira, who goes by the artist moniker Crisvector, was commissioned by ESPN to create a series of 32 posters depicting each of the national teams that will participate in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in cities throughout Brazil starting June 12. Siqueira has applied his film-noir style of comic drawings to each of the distinct images, showing team members against boldly colored backgrounds along with their logo and team nicknames in tailored styles (think Sin City meets soccer fever), such as the Arabic-style letters used for the Algerian team poster or the NFL-like lettering used to spell out “YANKS” for the US Team.
Siqueira told artnet News that response to the series so far has been intense with “lots of positive comments and feedback about the posters between soccer fans… It started to be viral. People all over the world write me about the posters.” Siqueira says ESPN approached him in January with the plan for him to design the series after having seen his designs in the Brazilian edition of ESPN magazine. For each World Cup, the sports broadcasting network seeks out an artist in the host country to design these works, he notes. The posters are not for sale.
The hotly anticipated World Cup has already sparked several art collaborations such as Brazilian duo Os Gemeos’s who tagged up the entire GOL jet that will be used to transport the Brazilian National Football Team from city to city throughout the competition. Not all of the art has been so positive however, such as recent Anti-FIFA street art that depicted a starving crying child seated in front a of a plate with nothing more than a soccer ball on it.
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