Orlando Arocena ( Mexifunk) is an artist and graphic designer who works in traditional and digital mediums. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 1994, he drew his way through Europe, co-founded Uptown Arts, and discovered he had a knack for digital commercial communications. In addition to an 18-year track record of delivering creative solutions for some of the world’s most recognizable brands he has established himself as a non-conventional vector illustrator who explores cultural iconography, pop culture, and speculative narratives. His vector art has also been commissioned by Adobe to be the face of their Illustrator CC 2014.
What does being a part of the PP mean to you?
A creative community with a particular personality willing to put aside egos in order to support one another all the while delivering highly desirable art for premium brands.
What has been your favorite PP or client project so far?
My favorite PP opportunity was recently, when I was commissioned to collaborate with Coca-Cola, Cinemark Theatres, and Walt Disney Studios for a two illustration promotion for Star Wars Rogue One.
Who/what are your biggest influences?
Art History, Culture, Science, and Entertainment