My name is Diego Portillo Santos and I am a graphic designer and illustrator. My passion is creating, refreshing, and finding a new approach for my projects. I am a University of Texas at El Paso alum. Exploring the city and nature is one of my favorite pastimes, whether strolling through the streets or riding my bike. The inspiration for my work comes from experiences, places, colors, textures, and memories that I find relevant.


Drawing has always been a natural instinct, but my alma mater was where I discovered and developed my interest in graphic design. The same institution saw my debut as a professional graphic designer, starting my career at the UTEP Music Department. Later on, I had the great experience of working for the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, expanding my experience as a designer while staying close to art, another one of my biggest interests.


My recent work is for Whole Foods Market. Being in charge of the visual direction of one of the top 10 stores in the company has empowered me to combine leadership and design. I gained experience in the retail environment while collaborating and responding to an extensive group of people. Working at a fast pace and keeping up with the daily challenges of the retail world is as part of my day as creating a nice environment and innovating through design, illustrations, and displays.


A few cool things I have accomplished:


  • 2017 Rocky Mountain All-Star, Special Performer - Whole Foods Market

  • 1st Place - 2015 AAF Houston Student Conference and Competition

  • Bronze Student ADDY 2015 - American Advertising Awards

  • Selected Participant - Poster Biennial of Poster Bolivia BlCeBé 2015

  • Graphic Design Honorable Mention - 2015 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition.

  • UTEP Student AdFed 2015 (President)

  • UTEP Student AdFed 2013, 2014 (Secretary)

  • Fashion Show Fundraiser “Into the Wild” 2015 (Director)

  • La Vie En Neon 2014 (Director)

  • AAF Conference, Houston, 2013 - 2015 

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