Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Design works of Felix Beltran, A South American Designer, come to Vignelli Center


A collection of graphic design works by Felix Beltran (Félix Alberto Beltrán Concepción) has been donated to the Vignelli Archive by the designer. Currently a Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, Beltran has had an important career as a graphic designer, painter, draftsman, and engraver.


He was born in 1938 in Havana, Cuba and studied in the United States between 1956 and 1960, studying graphic design, painting and lithography at the School of Visual Arts, New School for Social Research and Pratt Graphic Art Center in New York City. He has a long professional experience because he worked on different publications and institutions. Between 1953 and 1956 he was a designer for Publicidad McCann Erickson Co. and was a juror in 1974 of VI Biennale des Arts Graphiques in Czechoslovakia and in 1976 of 6th International Poster Biennale in Zaçheta Gallerand, Warsaw, Poland. Since the middle of the 1980s, he has resided in Mexico City, where he became the curator of Archivo Gráfico Internacional at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. He also was a professor of Graphic Design in the Instituto Superior de Diseño Industrial (ISDI) (1980-1982), Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) (1976 – 1982), in Havana, Cuba; at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas and the Universidad Iberoamericana in México. At present time, he is a professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana also in México.


During his life he has obtained many awards and recognitions like the Prize American Institute and Graphic Art in National Exhibition of Communication Arts, California, U.S.A. in 1962; Prize International cartels contest Moscow 88 Habana, Cuba; in 1981 was Honorary Member of Academia Mexicana de Diseño and Colegio de Diseñadores Industriales y Gráficos and International University Foundation, of Delaware.


Beltran and RIT’s Vignelli Distinguished Professor R. Roger Remington, are members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.  The donation was facilitated by Anne Ghory-Goodman, the Vignelli Center’s Senior Programming Specialist.