These word paintings are direct interpretations of hand-painted signs that I photograph in cities around the world including Mexico City, Dakar, Santiago de Chile and of course my beloved New York. While I will often replicate the lettering styles and color palettes of specific signs, the words are original thoughts that I’ve written through extensive journal writing. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and is painted by hand with either acrylic paint or gouache on paper or plywood. High quality prints of the paintings on 100% cotton rag paper are available for sale through the ‘purchase’ section of this website. If you have any questions, you can email me directly at pablo [at] designisculture [dot] com. I would be happy to hear from you.

Pablo Medina has a BFA in drawing and a MS in communication design from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Fresh out of grad school he set out to infuse the design world with his flair of post-modernist typeface designs that drew from his love of Latin-American popular culture. He has taught at Parsons School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and at California College of the Arts (CCA). In 1999, his typeface designs were exhibited in the Design Triennial exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum.