André Couturier Maitret
André Couturier Maitret, a self-taught San Diego-born artist, carries a very unique sense of style in his digital mediums. A visual artist in every sense of the word, he rocks an inimitable personal style inspired by his native French-Mexican heritage and impassioned creative vision. His talents range from digital illustration and 3D animation, to video game development and web design, to photography and videography. His eye for aesthetics has served him well for more than a decade in digital marketing and fine arts. André brings his distinct creative flair to every project he is working on, ensuring authenticity in it’s visual expression.
André’s career launched in 2001, working alongside his older brother, Mauricio Couturier. André’s family history influenced his compositions in art, design and communication by breaking language barriers in the latino market, and filtering client’s visions into designs. André started designing numerous flash websites and presentations, earning the opportunity to work with artist Josh Hassin, assisting with video game development for large developers, including sony and games for the PSP (playstation portable). André helped create and develop the video game Frantix, as the lead creative designer, 3D animator and level designer, and additionally helped translate the spanish language of the game for their international publisher, Ubisoft. Later on André teamed with designer and artist Tyler Jordan for a McDonalds flash game and also translated it for spanish speakers.
In collaboration with Eileen Koch & Company inc. (a PR firm), André has developed several EPKs (electronic press kits) for Eileen’s clients, expanding his portfolio to creative video loops for events, interview production and story telling through media killers, music videos, and live performance videography of bands and DJs. Not stopping there, André’s photography also expands in several arrays; collaborating with Pablo Fernández’s campaign (Puebla, Mexico), electronic artists Okapi Sun, and world musician Zack Ashton. André also works with editorial, fashion, headshots, corporate, yoga, and other styles of photography.
“Nouveau Pop” is a digital illustration print series of his collection showing the force of love, through warm toned compositions and contrasting illustrations achieved through flash finesse. Nouveau pop is currently represented by Floyd Elmore of Colosseum Fine Arts. “Gals & Dolls”, André’s latest series, revolves around ‘cool’ black & white pin up illustrations of women with hints of strip pink whom embody an expression of beyond, or, “you can only guess”. Some notable pieces from this collection of illustrations are: Lipgloss (2001-2003), Life (2006), Lady Lush (2007 – 2010), Día de los Muertos (2013, 2015) – widely received in Los Angeles, Rosarito and Ensenada México; and other commissioned work in San Diego.
Past exhibits displaying André’s recent achievements and work include: “North Park Festival of the Arts”, winner “best print/drawing” and “most popular vote” 2008; “Ray at Night” North Park; “More Super Sundays” Hillcrest; “Colosseum Fine Arts Gallery” and “Kettner Nights” Little Italy; “Airport Lounge” Little Italy; “Gelato Vero” Mission Hills; and a 2 year rotating installment at “Saks 5th ave” Fashion Valley.
André’s experience in digital art and print mediums, coupled with his widely accepted exhibits and photography is a fraction of this artist’s potential. The array of experiences in several industries allows André to go above & beyond while keeping the quality top notch for all.