We're a small studio that likes to make things, collaborate with people and tell stories.

Happy Garaje is the art and design studio of Johanna Velasco and Mark Deutsch founded in 2009. It also includes associate artist Karina Cuizon who joined in 2015.

 

They are based in the island of Cebu, Philippines and produce works in illustration, painting, sculpture, assemblage and animation. Their commercial work has included collaborations with Disney Asia, Raffles Singapore, 500 Startups USA, Electronic Arts, Adobe, and various other brands in the region.

 

The Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles has given them the Gold Award – one of its highest honors for work in professional illustration. The advertising index Luerzer’s Archive in Europe has included them in the list of 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Their work has been featured in notable publications such as Communication Arts, Semi-Permanent, Australia, BluPrint magazine, among others.

 

Happy Garaje is inspired by everyday people, heroes, monsters, by the things that all of us hope for and the things that we fear. Dreams, joys, madness, and the things that we love.

The studio is a 60 square meter space tucked in a small tree-lined street in the heart of Cebu's I.T. Park district.

 

The studio is also a spot for occasional small social gatherings that celebrates creativity, play and good conversations.

accolades

Communication Arts, Award of Excellence for Illustration

Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Gold Award (2011)

Society of Illustrators, LA – Certificate of Merit (2010, 2013, 2014)

Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Bluprint Magazine: 20 Outstanding Young Filipino Designers Under 40

ASEAN: commendation for contributions in Graphic Art when Cebu City received the distinction of ‘City of Culture’

Semi Permanent Book 2010, Vol. 2

Exhibition of Poster Work at Tokyo Designers Week 2008

Merit of Excellence for Digital Design – Dept. of Science & Tech (Phil.)

Adobe Digital Imaging Competition (3rd of 3000+)

Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards, Finalist (Judged by Neil Gaiman)

selected client list

Disney

Electronic Arts

The Four Seasons Hotel in Marrakesh

Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Raffles Residences Makati

Kingdom Hotel Investments

The Dolphin Browser

Cebu Literary Festival

Moevenpick Hotel Ghana

Mead Johnson (USA)

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Ayala Land

Asian Institute of Management

Titay’s Liloan

Geeks on a Beach

“If upon hearing this graphic design duo’s name you envision a series of smile-inducing fanciful works of art replete with childlike wonder and memories of halcyon days spent in the embrace of the Philippine sun, then you would have captured the essence of Happy Garaje”

BluPrint Magazine on Johanna & Mark

20 Outstanding Young Filipino Designers Under 40

The studio is also a spot for occasional small social gatherings that celebrates creativity, play and good conversations. Photo above is from studio Storyteller's Night.

Happy Garaje is Johanna Velasco Deutsch, Mark Joseph Deutsch and Karina Cuizon.

 

 

 

For art opportunities or design projects

E-mail people@happygaraje.com

We're a small studio that likes to make things, collaborate with people and tell stories.

“If upon hearing this graphic design duo’s name you envision a series of smile-inducing fanciful works of art replete with childlike wonder and memories of halcyon days spent in the embrace of the Philippine sun, then you would have captured the essence of Happy Garaje”

“If upon hearing this graphic design duo’s name you envision a series of smile-inducing fanciful works of art replete with childlike wonder and memories of halcyon days spent in the embrace of the Philippine sun, then you would have captured the essence of Happy Garaje”