JOAO UNZER

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR @ BBDO NY

 

The black sheep in a family of insurance workers, I have been through various professions, such as: typist in a spiritual center, hanger collector in a department store, office boy, dish washer, busker, fashion photographer, art director, designer and artist.

Over the last 8 years, I’ve lived in São Paulo, London, Lisbon, Hamburg and New York, where I'm based right now.

My two biggest achievements until this day was having my work added to the permanent collection archive at the Museum of Modern Art - MoMA along with having Amy Winehouse pose in front of a graffiti I made in her honor, she said "It's fucking ACE!"

For art sales, commissions, projects & exhibitions or any other inquires, feel free to contact me: 

joao.unzer@gmail.com


// AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Ranked as #1 creative in the United States by Campaign Brief in 2013

Ranked #4 Best Young Talent of the World by Young Guns in 2013

Young Lion Brazil in 2014

 

Cannes 

1 Silver - Design

1 Silver - Press

1 Bronze - Design

1 Shortlist - Outdoor

1 Shortlist – Content

2 Shortlists - Direct

2 Shortlists - Press

 

NY Festivals

1 Gold – Design

2 Silvers – Design

1 Silver - B. Entertainment

1 Bronze - B. Entertainment

1 Bronze - Direct & Colateral

3 Finalist - Outdoor

1 Finalist - Avant-Garde

1 Finalist - Event Promotion

1 Finalist - Mkt Effectiveness

1 Finalist – Integrated

1 Finalist - Digital/ Video

1 Finalist - Print

 

London International

1 Gold - Billboard Craft

1 Gold - Print Illustration

1 Silver – Design 

1 Silver - Poster Craft

1 Silver - Print Entertainment 

1 Bronze - Print Entertainment 

2 Finalist - Print Entertainment

1 Shortlist - The NEW

 

One Show

1 Silver - Entertainment

1 Bronze - B. Entertainment

1 Finalist - Print Craft – Writing

1 Finalist - Adv. - Newspaper

1 Finalist – Experiential

1 Finalist - Collateral Design

1 Finalist - Spacial Design

 

Clio

2 Silvers – Design

1 Silver - Print Technique

2 Bronzes - Print Technique

1 Silver - Print

 

Young Guns

1 Silver - Creative

1 Silver – Design

1 Silver – PR

2 Bronzes - Creative

2 Bronzes - Digital

1 Bronze - Design

2 Finalist - Creative

 

ADC

1 Bronze - Art&Craft – Illustration

1 Bronze - Advertising

 

Andy Awards

6 Winners - Outdoor

 

Effie Awards

1 Winner - Small Budget Services

1 Winner - Culture & The Arts

1 Winner – Beverages Non-Alcohol

1 Finalist - Brand Experience

 

Project Isaac

1 Silver

 

AICP Next Awards

Winner – Experiential

 

El Ojo

1 Shortlist – Film Craft

1 Shortlist - Mix of Media

 

Jay Chiat

1 Silver - Strategic Excellence

 

AdWeek Watch Awards

1 Gold - Production

// EXHIBITIONS

2017_ NYC Under The Ground - XIX Festival CCP (Lisbon)

2015 _ Beyond the Orgasm - Tokyo International Art Fair (Tokyo)

2015 _ Beyond the Orgasm - Design Festa Gallery (Tokyo)

2015 _ Beyond the Orgasm - The Brick Lane Gallery (London)

 

// SPEAKINGS

Ad Club NY, New York '17
'The Emergence of Data in the OOH Space'

Plugcitarios, Sao Paulo '17
'Fake It 'til You Make It'

Miami Ad School, New York '17
'Industry Hero'

Miami Ad School, Sao Paulo '16
'Work That's Not For Work: The Benefits Of Personal Projects.

Sao Paulo Creative Club Awards, Sao Paulo '15
'Work That's Not For Work: The Benefits Of Personal Projects'.

International Advertising Festival - UNIMAR, Marília '15
'From Berrini to Madison Avenue: The way to get a job abroad'. 

International Advertising Festival - UNIMAR, Marília '15
'Work That's Not For Work: The Benefits Of Personal Projects'. 

Advertising Week - UNITAU, Taubaté '15
'From Berrini to Madison Avenue: The way to get a job abroad'. 

Sao Paulo Creative Club Awards, Sao Paulo '14
'From Berrini to Madison Avenue: The way to get a job abroad'. 

Behance Portfolio Reviews, Sao Paulo '14
'From Berrini to Madison Avenue: The way to get a job abroad'. 

 

 

// PRESS

CBS - 60 Minutes

Huffington Post -1

Huffington Post - 2

Huffington Post - 3

Forbes

The New York Times

NY Daily News

Buzzfeed

The Fox is Black

Fubiz

Trend Hunter

Art People Gallery

Lost at E Minor

Zupi

 

// FEATURES

Communication Arts Typography Annual 3

Communication Arts Design Annual 54

Communication Arts Illustration Annual 54

ZUPI art magazine | Published | Erotika 02

Lürzer's Archive - Vol. 2-2013

Lürzer's Archive - Vol. 5-2013

Lürzer's Archive - Vol. 6-2013

 

// EXPERIENCE

BBDO NY (Currently working)

Miami Ad School (Currently teaching)

Deutsch New York

JWT Brazil

DDB New York

W+K Sao Paulo

Jung Von Matt Hamburg

Y&R Lisbon

 

// EDUCATION

Miami Ad School Hamburg - Art Direction

Central Saint Martins London - Typography

Universidade Metodista de São Paulo - Advertising