For our 2021 Festival, Victor Bokas has created another beautiful poster in his signature whimsical style that makes a perfect companion to the 2020 poster. Victor has truly captured the essence of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in this poster. There are many iconic elements from the Art Festival in the poster design as well as historical landmarks from around Winter Park.
Both posters are truly one of a kind. The 2020 poster is from the only Festival that has ever been canceled, and the 2021 poster is from the first, (and likely only), Festival to be held in May.
2021 Poster Artist Statement
Flamingos and Friends Exploring Winter Park
This years poster is a mixed media digital collage made up of over 25 images.
I wanted this years poster to be fun, colorful and whimsical. It’s also a companion poster to last years. The two work great together.
The poster brings in Winter Park and art festival elements such the canals, park fountain, koi pond on Winter Park Avenue, rose garden and peacock elements.
The focus is a colorful flamingo holding an ornate gold frame with a surreal image of the peacock lady on top of a column singing, holding an artists palette and the Winter Park fountain in the background. Have fun exploring all elements.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Victor Bokas grew up against a backdrop of palm trees, beautiful beaches and sunbathers in the Florida Panhandle. These influences surface in his paintings through vibrant colors, tropical icons and a good measure of whimsy. Life’s highway later brought Victor to Central Florida in 1987 where sun, fun and exuberant energy infused his work.
In many of his pieces, he pays homage to his Greek heritage. A self-described “collector of kitsch,” his studio is filled with vintage flea market finds. His collection is a source of inspiration and items from it are often incorporated into his works.
Grids, squares and other graphic design elements lend structure and direction, no doubt his long career as a graphic designer ingrained a sense of order to his hyper imaginative settings.
His list of accomplishments are many. Including a 15-foot x 85-foot mosaic floor for Orlando International Airport’s “A” Terminal. Designed by Victor and installed by Italian masters of natural stone and glazed enamel. Most recently, a wall installation for Orlando International Airport “C” Terminal. Victor’s paintings are included in corporate and museum collections throughout the South, plus having numerous solo exhibitions. Victor’s career path includes 9 years Senior Art Director for Sea World and 20 years Senior Art Director Tupperware. Check out his website at Victorbokas.com
2020 Poster Artist Statement
“Springtime 2020” is a mix-media collage. I wanted to incorporate many elements that are featured at the art festival. The iconic Peacock is surrounded by paint brushes, artist palette, film strip, sculptures, roses from the garden, stain glass, fabrics and many other elements. The “Winter Park type treatment” also features some historical landmarks including the Langford hotel, Colony Sign, Rollins College and the Scenic Boat Tour.
I hope the viewer spends time looking and finding different elements throughout the poster.