Global Movie Day artists picked by the Academy for social media campaign

Meet the five Global Movie Day visual artists, selected by the group that represents the Oscars.

Five established artists from five continents were selected to represent Global Movie Day, an initiative by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same group of artists, filmmakers and movie industry executives who are responsible for deciding who wins an Academy Award, also known as an Oscar. 

Global Movie Day falls on the second Saturday in February every year in the middle of Oscar season. The idea was formed by the Academy to allow “film fans around the world to celebrate their favourite movies and engage with Academy members and filmmakers on social media.”

The day is being recognized for the third year on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. The first Global Movie Day was celebrated on Feb 8, 2020.

From Norway, the United States, Cameroon, Brazil and China, the five artists from five different countries were selected to celebrate Global Movie Day with an illustration inspired by their favourite movie genre from animation/fantasy, drama, musicals to sci-fi. The artists are:

Magnus Voll Mathiassen | (Movie Genre: Sci-Fi)
Over the past 10 years, Norwegian artist Magnus Voll Mathiassen aka MVM, has positioned himself internationally through his signature artistic style, creating portraits for The New Yorker, artwork for Apple, and music design for artists including Rihanna and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Giselle Matz | (Movie Genre: Fantasy/Animation)
Giselle Matz is a designer and illustrator from Miami whose work focuses on inclusivity, social issues, femininity, self-love, and mental health advocacy. With an affecting undertone, her creative illustrations play with proportions, color and natural environments to serve as a journal portraying the world around her.

Maxime Manga | (Movie Genre: Drama)
Cameroon-born and based artist, Maxime Manga manipulates classic photography and geometric shapes with the vibrant colors that are reflective of his African culture. The self-described Afrofuturistic style of his work enables him to carve out a niche in a contemporary art form.

Camila Rosa | (Movie Genre: Drama)
Sao Paulo-based Brazilian artist and illustrator, Camila Rosa focuses on translating women from an alternative perspective. Rosa approaches social issues and captures moments of anger and emotion in thought-provoking illustrations. Her work is known to represent and capture the feelings of her viewers, creating a shared purpose and energizing cultural movements.

Jen Du | (Movie Genre: Musicals)
Chinese illustrator, graphic designer, and multi-discipline artist, Jen Du uses her experience working in the architecture industry as inspiration when creating her artwork. She focuses on modern geometric abstractionism and uses geometric shapes and vibrant colours to create abstract figures or moods.

The Academy is celebrating the power of movies to connect and inspire people around the world. They are sharing images and short videos with inspirations and favourite lines from movies that have inspired featured artists such as Zazie BeetzHalle BerryCherJon ChuAli FazalDanny GloverEiza GonzálezTom HanksScarlett JohanssonMarlee MatlinMatthew McConaugheyMichelle RodriguezDiane Warren, and Marlon Wayans on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn under the hashtag #GlobalMovieDay.

by Cherryl Bird – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Twitter @ladycbird | Instagram @cherrylbird

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