Pietari Posti is a Finnish illustrator who lives in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked with a wide range of clients in advertising, publishing and products. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, PRINT Magazine, and Playboy. His clients include Starbucks, Citibank, British Airways, American Express and many more.
Born in Helsinki, Finland and inspired by comics such as Asterix and Tintin. Posti preferred to stay in and draw all day. He decided to study graphic design at Lahti Polytechnic. Throughout university, to earn extra money, he illustrated for magazines and newspapers. After graduating, for a short time, he worked as a graphic designer before moving to Barcelona. In Barcelona, he decided to concentrate on illustration. He set up Studio Posti, a design studio specialising in illustration and image making.
The commission started to come in, and pretty soon he landed his first big international client, American Airlines. For whom he created a series of illustrations for their American Way Magazine. Since he has worked for magazines and brands worldwide. He designed a series of stamps for the Finnish Post. In 2014, Posti won the Best Book Cover Illustration award in V&A Illustration awards.
Posti’s knowledge in graphic design is evident in all his illustrations. They regularly feature typography and complex decorative patterns. He also has a very strong understanding of composition, balancing multiple big shapes and dark areas. His colours, often limited, are punchy. Even when using desaturated, pastel tones, they play well off one another. All of which combines to create lively, eye-catching illustrations.