Diego is ardent about hybrid musical collaborations, performance art, and radical design. The son of a musician and designer he grew up knowing he had an impulse to express his unique voice. He studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is currently working at Young & Rubicam as a designer. In the future, he envisions establishing a creative agency on the outskirts of SMA that offers summer programs to youth in financial need. He says ,"We would bring in artists from all around the world, it's a mental sketch at the moment, but as my career develops I hope to make this happen."
Place of Birth: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Parents: My mom is American raised in L.A. My dad is from Oaxaca. They live in San Miguel de Allende.
Occupation/Aspiration: Graphic designer / I want to work towards a positive cause that will give others the opportunities that have been given to me.
When did you move to NYC and why?
June 2009, pa' chingarle en la gran manzana y vivir en el ombligo del mundo.
Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why?
Prospect Park South. I love the park. The hood has a great mix of people and the C-town has 79 cent aguacates.
A New York moment:
Every morning when my train comes out of the darkness on to the Manhattan Bridge showing the cityscape, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Soccer, tacos, and cumbia ala NYC.
What's your drink of choice?
Mezcal de la Sierra de Oaxaca.
Name three songs on your mind right now:
Pedro Infante: "Amorcito Corazon", Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del 5º Patio: "Un poco de sangre", Rita Indiana: "La hora de volver".
Favorite label or product?
Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
Para todo mal Mezcal y para todo bien tambien.
Which Mexican do you admire and why?
Benito Juarez, the only president Mexico has had with Native American roots and anyone who has crossed the border illegally to seek a better life for their loved ones.