Sixto-Juan Zavala (he/him) is a designer and illustrator currently enrolled at Central Saint Martins' MA Narrative Environments course in London. Originally from Texas, he holds a B.F.A. in Communication Design and has worked in the creative field for ten years. He is especially interested in culture, marginalised groups, and the environment. His use of illustration, collage, and custom typography creates layered, evocative imagery. Zavala is particularly interested in how visual communication and spatial design can facilitate cultural change. Sixto-Juan’s professional experience includes working at a design agency, a non-profit museum, as a freelance designer, part of an in-house design team, and as an artist. He is part of the arts collective Essentials Creative and Art Director for the queer Latinx literary publisher Raspa. In these roles he’s worked on exhibition design, restaurant and retail redesign, branding, art direction, illustration, installation art, community workshops, VJing, and projection.

Sixto‑Juan has been published in multiple publications including Graphis Poster Annual 2019Plant Kingdom: Design with Plant Aesthetics (2015), Communication Arts Design Annual 56 (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.