My name is Derrick Aviles aka Artista and I'm an award winning graphic designer, creative art director, illustrator, pixel artist, and motion graphic artist from St. Paul, Minnesota.


Growing up as a chill dork/nerd I've always had a keen eye for art according to my mom #happyface. I have spent the majority of my life creating and designing art.


Heavily inspired by superheroes, retro video games, pro wrestling and music I

bring a style of flavor flav into the world of design influenced by the likes of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Xavier Woods, Andy Warhol and Mike Shinoda.


My main PASSION is to use my abilities, skills and creativity to produce

the best visual solutions for companies and businesses around planet earth.


I graduated from the Art Institute International of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, where I studied graphic design and advertising.


12 years experience working as a creative director, graphic designer, digital/web designer, and production artist for clients/companies such as the NBA, WNBA, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, ESPN, Children's Minnesota, 

Walgreens, Subway, WWE Superstar Xavier Woods, and World of Dance.


Not only are my clients diverse, but their projects are, as well.

As a designer of all trades, I can take on projects of all kinds, which allows

me to tap into all of the experience I’ve accrued through the years.


Derrick has helped, designed, and supported the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundations for several seasons. Great Taste stuff and Great Jersey Auction stuff equals Fastbreak Foundation Success!  


- The Minnesota Timberwolves Community Relations


Derrick has been a pleasure to work with. Derrick has been and will continue to be my exclusive graphic designer for my business. He has shown to be a productive communicator and a personable professional. His knowledge of brand definition and expertise in graphic design has helped our business grow its brand. He does very well reaching goals both alone and while working with a team. He is always a joy to work with and would make a strong member of any company. 

- Miguel Hernandez

Owner and Bar Manager at El Tejaban Mexican Grill 


Derrick has always been the first person I have gone to for graphic designs. I have been able to benefit from his talent on several occasions over the past several years. There are many graphic designers trying to work, and I go to Derrick because I know he will design precisely what I want. He is versatile, communicative, and works well under a time limit. He is responsible for very trendy

t-shirts and logos for groups that I have been involved with. Even today, I can look up an old friend on Facebook and see a profile picture of my friend wearing a shirt Derrick designed years earlier. It goes to show what a good investment Derrick's work can be. 


- Christopher Pollock

Film Producer out of Los Angeles, California


We at FRT Adult Foster Care highly recommend Derrick as a candidate for employment. We consulted with Derrick in creating a logo that best represents our family business. Within two weeks, he created a logo in which we are very proud and pleased. Derrick is hardworking, a great listener, and most of all a talented graphic designer. As our business continues to expand, we look forward to working with him in future projects. Derrick would be a tremendous asset to your company and has my highest recommendation.

- Hubert Tuazon - Owner/Operator at FRT Adult Foster Care


I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Derrick not only once, but twice. Both times I experience VERY fast service and high-quality work. I told him that I don't have many ideas at all, but I told him the colors I wanted. He took that small information and made something so amazing! If you're looking for designing, contact Derrick right now! Not only does he have a passion for what he does, but he's quick at it and communicates with you very well.


- Jimmy Elliott - CEO & Founder of Holding of Wrist


Derrick has an inspirational and aiming method for creativity. I've collaborated and worked on several projects with Derrick. He has great passion and an eye for creatvity. Today I still work with Creative Artista and he never disappoints when it comes to creating new ideas and concepts.


- Phi Nguyen - Owner and Designer at Phi Minh Design and Netoon Studios


Derrick is always willing to step in and collaborate on projects. He has done exceptional work on the autograph cards for the Timberwolves and Kevin Love's personal art prints.


- Rebecca Longawa - Vice President of Partnership at Street Factory Media

Derrick has continuously helped me with artwork and creative for serveral of my clients. He always replies in a timely manner and does great work!


- Kristin H. - Corporate Account Executive at the Minnesota Timberwolves


Derrick is a great asset to. If you haven't checked his profile, you should. He has extensive experience working with clients and his technical process in the Adobe Suites can pretty much create anything you may need. When he is given a chance to be creative, he will not disappoint you. It's a pleasure to work with Derrick, and I really look forward to working with you more Derrick.


- Blake Nhul - Business Systems Analyst at Ecolab


If you hire Derrick you will receive "Exceptional Service", creativity, and his work will exceed your expectations. Derrick has done numerous projects for my organization. From logo design to marketing material. With no hesitation, I hire him again and again. If you are looking for a Graphic Designer with true talent, works within your budgetary, parameters, and fast turn times. 


- Steve Brown - President at Connecting Innovations


My experience with working with Derrick was great.  I approached him asking if he would be willing to create a YouTube banner and icon for the channel that I operate.  Without hesitation he agreed, and came up with an amazing design of his own that incorporated both the content my YouTube channel is based off of as well as visuals from the area I am from (Chicago). In addition to this he also was kind enough to create a similar banner and background design for my Twitter page incorporating similar elements as the artwork he created for my YouTube channel.  Without a doubt Derrick hit the nail on the head with his amazing 8-bit creative artwork and it is nothing like anything I have ever seen before.


- Nintenkid 91 - Youtube Vlogger and Gamer