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Happy Garaje began as the art studio of Johanna Velasco Deutsch and Mark Deutsch and has grown into a small design firm and an art store. Based in the island of Cebu, Philippines the studio splits time between producing self-initated projects and collaborating with brands, non-profit organizations and people of all shapes and sizes get their message out into the wide and marvelous world.


About the Founders


The artist duo Johanna and Mark Deutsch are painters, toymakers, old-school storytellers with tales of the new world. Their work has been given recognition by some of the biggest award giving bodies in art and graphic design. In 2010 Johanna received the Gold Award from the Society of Illustrators (USA), one of only 9 given each year since the 1940s. They have both been included in Luerzer’s Archive’s (Europe) list of 200 best illustrators from the years 2009-2012. They have exhibited graphic design work at Tokyo Designers Week and have been featured in publications such as  Semi-Permanent (Australia), BluPrint, and various illustration annuals and books. They often tell of dreams and are inspired by everyday people – by the things that all of us hope for and the things that we fear, by the madnesses and the joys, and things that we love.


Johanna and Mark are available for commissioned work, speaking engagements, and exhibitions. To get in touch, please e-mail: [email protected] | mobile: 0999 998 1621

For design work, please visit the Design Studio page.


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Happy Garaje is a Swashbuckling Creative Studio from the Island of Cebu

Founded by Johanna Velasco Deutsch and Mark Deutsch, Happy Garaje is a creative studio from the island of Cebu, Philippines. They are image-makers and storytellers whose work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators (USA), Luerzer’s Archive (Europe), Semi-Permanent (Australia) and Tokyo Designers Week. The studio splits time between producing self-initiated projects and helping brands, non-profit organizations and people of all shapes and sizes get their message out into the wide and marvelous world.

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Our Humble Beginnings

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Mark: Johanna & I started Happy Garaje in 2009 because we had stories in our heads and we wanted to bring them to life and tell them in many different ways. So we set up a studio in what used to be a garage, in the street where we both lived as kids. This was perhaps the best location because much of our work was (and still is) inspired by wonderful childhood experiences.[hr]



Secrets by Johanna Velasco. Acrylic on paper (2009)


[one_half first]In the beginning we did projects on the weekends and on some weeknights after our day jobs – we’d draw, paint, take photos, write stories, animate things and even made toys. Our enthusiasm for creating things was endless.[/one_half][one_half]We posted some of our work on the internet and soon people came to us to share their own ideas. We were asked to collaborate on graphic design projects, offered to work on advertisements and even made 50-foot murals, like the one above.[/one_half]

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The best thing about it was that we met a lot of great people. People who believed in us enough that they recommended us to other people that they knew. We saw our clientele grow and began working with corporations both local and international, non-profit organizations and people who wanted us to help them get their message out.

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[one_half]Even as we had transformded our garage into a visual communications firm we made it a point to take on projects that we believed in – those that we felt were worthwhile and where we could give our best and produce sincere work.

We we were fortunate to have gotten the attention of design and graphic art book publishers. This led to us being invited to shows and exhibits in faraway places. Some have even gone as far as to give us trophies and stuff for our work.

When we started, we did not even imagine many of the wonderful events that have happened to us. We just wanted to do something that we loved and to do it as often as possible and somehow things have just fallen into place.

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Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Gold Award (2011)
Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles – Certificate of Merit (2010, 2013)
Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (2009, 2010, 2011)
Semi Permanent Book 2010, Vol. 2
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

Our Services

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[one_third]Art Direction[/one_third]

[one_third first]Animation and Motion Graphics[/one_third]

[one_third]Mobile Applications Design and Development[/one_third]


Selected List of Clients

The Four Seasons Hotel in Marrakesh | Raffles Praslin Seychelles | Raffles Residences Makati | Kingdom Hotel Investments | Bank of the Philippine Islands | Ayala Land | Asian Institute of Management | CareSharing | Moevenpick Hotel Ghana | The Calyx Centre (Cebu) | Mead Johnson (USA) | Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.

Our work is about storytelling. We tell people about interesting things. Of places that are new and exciting and of those of legend and great lore. We help get ideas across and espouse that which makes everyday life better and wonderful.

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