Sixto-Juan Zavala is a designer, illustrator, and VJ currently based in London. He is currently enrolled at UAL Central Saint Martins' MA Narrative Environments course. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he holds a B.F.A. in Communication Design from Texas State University and has worked as a designer and illustrator in the creative industry for various agencies and public entities. Zavala currently serves as Art Director for Essentials Creative, a multimedia applied arts collective, and also as an Art Director for Raspa Magazine, a queer Latino literary publication. He was formerly a Visual Communicator at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, in charge of exhibition design, branding, promotional materials and social media (2014 – 17). Prior to this position, he was an Art Director at BradfordLawton, LLC, a San Antonio-based branding and design firm (2010 – 13).

Zavala’s work reflects his interest in culture, especially art, fashion, music and literature. His use of illustration, collage, and custom typography creates layered, evocative imagery.

Sixto‑Juan has been published in multiple publications including Graphis Poster Annual 2019Plant Kingdom: Design with Plant Aesthetics (2015), Communication Arts Design Annual 56 for his illustrations for Oddwood Ales (2015), and has exhibited work at The People’s Gallery (Austin, TX), Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, TX), Gravelmouth Gallery (San Antonio, TX), and Silkwörm Gallery (San Antonio, TX).

Photo by Fabian Villa and Steven Casanova at Essentials Creative.