LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) official poster is on its way, and the artist crafting it is a Kentuckiana native.
Andy Perez has been named the festival's Official Poster Artist for the 2021 season.
“In a time when so much has changed, we wanted to continue this annual tradition,” said Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Matt Gibson. “Past Festival posters can be found all around the community and we know this piece will be just as popular.”
Known for his collage and mixed media artwork, Perez is a visual artist, illustrator, and graphic designer with a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He lives in Louisville with his family.
Perez's work has been featured across the country and world in publications, galleries, and commercials. His portrait of Colonel Sanders was featured in a recent French KFC commercial.
“To be selected as the Derby Festival’s Official Poster Artist is a full circle moment for me,” said Perez. “I’ve admired the Festival’s poster series since I was in elementary school. It’s an honor and pleasure to create this year’s image.”
The 2021 Official Poster, which KDF said will be released in the coming weeks, features Perez's unique style and desire to use recycled material. He cut, painted, and incorporated nine previous year posters to create this year's design.