Cristian Martinez

STW21-CRISTIAN-MARTINEZ

FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)

Cristian Martinez, a senior in the Graphic Design BFA program, is a NYC-based graphic designer and artist. He has had a life-long passion for the arts both performative and visual. His design practices are experimental, involving multimedia applications, technology, and archival image manipulation in order to explore new ways of creating work. He is particularly interested in the ways art and design impact a person’s outlook on life. As a member of the Latinx community, Cristian focuses on sociopolitical commentary and satirical humor to open conversations about society and identity.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born in Queens NY. I currently live in Manhattan

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

I’m taking my classes virtually

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

A morning person

FAVORITE MOVIE?

The Holy Mountain (1973)

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

The Real Housewives Franchise (guilty pleasure)

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Instagram @fka.cris

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Anything that involves true crime

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Ana Mendieta

FAVORITE BOOK?

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

G.L.I.T.S, a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community on a global scale

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Puzzles!

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

The role of designers is more crucial than ever, for communicating (true) information to the public. Designers have a powerful voice — instead of contributing work to protests, we can create work that functions as a protest in itself. Each of us comes from a different background and have different experiences that influences how we work and think. There’s so much to learn from the world and each other, and that is exciting to me.

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