Sebastian Onufszak Pays Homage to Iconic French Women in Black and White Illustrations

In his decorative monochromatic poster series “The Iconic Women”, Sebastian Onufszak – an illustrator, graphic designer and director based in Augsburg, Germany – pays homage to renowned French women like Gabrielle Chanel, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, Simone de Beauvoir, Catherine Deneuve and Marion Cotillard.

Chanel is “La Femme Moderne”, Gainsbourg “La Femme Rebelle”, Bardot “La Femme Fatale”, de Beauvoir “La Femme Intellectuelle”, Deneuve “La Femme Classique” and Cotillard “La Femme Sensuelle”.

Sebastian Onufszak

Sebastian has been into design and graphics since 2001. He has worked for a range of international high-end clients – among them, Adidas, Audi, Google, IBM, Ray Ban, Karl Lagerfeld, MTV –  across print, interactive and motion media. He has lectured on motion graphics and animation at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg and participated in festivals and events in Paris, Barcelona, Brussels and New York.


“I am influenced by a lot of creatives — artists, designers, musicians from the past and today,” says the designer and illustrator. “For the ‘The Iconic Women’ project, I was inspired by cubistic portraits. It’s not only Pablo Picasso, but also artists as Juan Gris, Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger.”

Sebastian Onufszak is represented by Lux von Morgen (Hamburg), Mily Kadz (Paris) and 1806 (Milan). At the moment, he is working on a new series portraying famous fashion designers: It will be called “The Gods of Fashion” and will be executed in a totally different style.

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Images used with permission.

La Femme Moderne – Gabrielle Chanel


La Femme Rebelle – Charlotte Gainsbourg


La Femme Fatale – Brigitte Bardot


La Femme Intellectuelle – Simone de Beauvoir


La Femme Classique – Catherine Deneuve


La Femme Sensuelle – Marion Cotillard