Graphic Designer and Artist Quiccs Maiquez Is Making Art More Accessible
The Filipino artist is making art more wearable too
In the What Matters To Me series, a Generation T honouree describes what they do, why they do it, and why it matters.
Quiccs Maiquez makes cool, limited-edition products like toys and art, often inspired by childhood passions, that have proved a big hit internationally. To date, his greatest achievement is his two-year partnership to design shoes, clothing and toys with Adidas, a brand he has loved since his teens. He is also the creative director of multidisciplinary design studio Burnwater.
His work celebrates and unifies the subcultures of Mecha Robots, streetwear, graffiti art and hip-hop through world-class collectible art toys, designer apparel and other merchandise. Here, he shares more about his work in his own words.
I think with everything right now, the main challenge is still related to Covid-19. The main challenge that I faced in the last two years was the cancellation of the toy conventions. These are the fun events where I really meet the collectors, fans, followers and the other very talented artists locally and globally. Without physical presence, it was hard to create our online presence.
I am most proud that I get to do what I love every day. I am earning from what I consider to be play. I am most proud of that. I know it is life's luxury.
Another dream of mine is to see my designs as a game or in a movie.
An interesting fact about me is that I am the first Filipino artist to collaborate with Adidas, Secretlab gaming chairs and USA Major League Baseball cards.
Another fact that surprises people is that I am a Filipino and Manila-based. Usually people think I am an American or Japanese.
The best piece of advice I have ever received was when my parents encouraged me to take business management in college. I was considering taking a course in the arts, but my parents advised that art will forever be there, and they said I was good in the arts already. It was a very good decision, because I learned how to make profit from my passion, to manage and protect it. It pays that I have a strong background in business management to help me know how to build my art, protect it and form important relationships with people in life.
My favourite artworks are Michael Lau's works. He is an artist from Hong Kong who is considered to be the founder of urban vinyl style on designer toys. I am also heavily influenced by '90s hip-hop music, Japanese cartoons, robots and graffiti—these are all incorporated in my artworks and toys. They represent my childhood dreams and passions.