Creative Mind #53: Hispanic Artists and Designers – Michelle Ruby & Antonio Borja

Antonio Borja and Michelle Ruby bring pride and representation to Hispanic artists all over as they pursue and succeed in their respective fields in art and design.

Antonio Borja is a 2004 BFA graduate from the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University. After graduation, Borja went to work utilizing his vast range of skills to launch a professional freelance career, and work for General Motors as a creative designer. He later returned to his alma mater to teach Design Drawing, Transportation Design, and Digital 3D modeling courses.

At the Academy, Mr. Borja led the creation of an interdisciplinary collaborative program that gives students hands-on experience working with companies such as NASA, Samsung, Audi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, General Motors, and Jaguar. In this role, he guides students from the schools of Graphic Design, Fashion, Web Design & New Media, and Interior Architecture, to create a holistic vision for the design objectives of the client

Michelle Ruby aka Mrbbaby, a Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, uses elements of her heritage as inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Bbaby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/Mexican upbringing.

By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, MrBbaby is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist’s aim is to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer’s interpretation.


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