Renowned Artist, Design Consultant and Film Maker Chaz Maviyane-Davies is Honor Laureate for International Poster Exhibition

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Colorado State University’s 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition’s honor laureate is world-renowned artist, design consultant and film maker Chaz Maviyane-Davies.

Maviyane-Davies has been described by the UK’s Design magazine as "the guerrilla of graphic design." For more than two decades, the award-winning Zimbabwean designer’s work has addressed issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights.

Maviyane-Davies has exhibited around the world and has been honored with numerous awards for his work, including: winning the international design competition for the National Library and Documentation Service in Zimbabwe; earning the bronze medal at the 11th Biennale of Graphic Design Brno, Czechoslovakia; and winning several gold, silver and bronze awards for best design in television and advertising from AAZ in Zimbabwe. Maviyane-Davies also was named "Visual Artist of the Year 1993" by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

His design work has been published in several international magazines and newspapers and acknowledged in Who’s Who in Graphic Design, First Choice: Leading International Designers, Rewriting the Rules of Graphic Design, Digital Portfolios Unzipped, Graphic Agitation and Graphic Design Timeline: A Century of Design Milestones. He was included in the 1998 list of "ID Forty," ID magazine’s annual honors list profiling leading-edge designers from around the world.

Maviyane-Davies’ design work has been represented in many international graphic, invitational and poster exhibitions from 1980 to the present. He additionally has been invited to judge several international exhibitions and competitions. Maviyane-Davies’ work also is included in several permanent collections in art galleries worldwide.

Among the films written, directed and produced by Maviyane-Davies is "After the Wax," a view of nationality and identity which has been screened at several film festivals throughout the world and has won several awards and accolades.

Maviyane-Davies earned a master of arts degree, with distinction, in graphic design from the Central School of Art and Design in London and an advanced diploma in postgraduate filmmaking from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London. His educational background also includes a year spent in Japan studying three-dimensional design as well as 10 months in Malaysia working on a variety of world-reaching design projects for the International Organization of Consumers Unions and JUST World Trust.

Maviyane-Davies’ professional experience includes service at Fulcrum design consultants, Newell and Sorrell Design Ltd. and the Department of Graphic Design of BBC Television. From 1983 until recently, he ran a distinguished design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe, called The Maviyane-Project. He  presently is teaching graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

For more information about Maviyane-Davies and examples of his work, visit the Web at

More than 190 original posters created by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists will be showcased on the Colorado State University campus at the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition beginning Sept. 12. The six-week long exhibition, the only international poster presentation organized in the United States, features works by over 100 graphic artists from 35 countries. The posters feature international perspectives on contemporary political, social and cultural issues. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call (970) 491-7634 or visit the Web at