Who is Rafael Bernardo?

Rafael Bernardo is a German-Brazilian designer, author and creative activist who runs a brand communication studio in Munich and follows the credo "be water my friend".

Born in Stuttgart, he grew up in the Caribbean, lived in California, studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, graduated from the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd, taught typography at universities, co-founded a design studio in 2009, founded the current one in 2017, worked as a speaker at events, supported festivals with installations and is involved in the implementation of creative projects with and for the NGO Viva con Agua St. Pauli e.V..

What is Studio Nima's goal?

Studio Nima's goal is to accelerate the growth and emergence of social innovations that sustainably address the world's most pressing problems. Transforming our economies to make them more equitable, lifting people out of poverty, making cities more sustainable, promoting gender equality and tackling climate change - many of today's challenges require smart solutions. We have developed, planned, launched, built and advised social business models in many of these areas around the world.


Rafael Bernardo exhibition at Kunstlabor 2 - Munich

NO GOING BACK - From social and economic injustice to the destruction of natural resources, the world is facing unprecedented challenges and the call for change is growing louder. It has become more than obvious that we need to change the economic systems that have led us to this point if we want a future worth living - not only for us, but also for future generations. We need alternative visions, structures and unconventional strategies that express genuine respect for our planet and can generate prosperity for all who live on it. The first step in this direction is to accept that there is "NO GOING BACK". By publicly announcing that there is "NO GOING BACK", Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus has launched a call to action, appealing to all to promote positive change. As we believe his message is hugely important, Studio Nima and designer Rafael Bernardo have teamed up to support Yunus' campaign by creating and distributing a piece of art that manifests his call. By translating the message "NO GOING BACK" into the universal and powerful language of art, the work aims to motivate and inspire people to use all facets of their creativity and become active ambassadors for real change.

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