A professor in college once told me while critiquing my artwork, “You make people feel sane.” From that moment, I learned the power that art can have on the world.

Luis Diaz has worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for TV, web, print and interactive for over 15 years.  Clients include IDW Publishing, Devils Due, The Topps Company, Univision Network, FanTapper, Bang Productions, Miami New Times, New York City's The Village Voice, Education Weekly and the World Wrestling Entertainment.  His work has been seen in Corel Painter Magazine, BLUECANVASImagineFX Magazine, Ballistic's Exposé and Spectrum Fantastic Art Annuals.  He was named one of 'Six Artist You Need To Know' by CITY LINK Magazine. Diaz is a graduate from The Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Diaz is a graduate from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is best known for his work on Topps' Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages creating over forty paintings for their trading cards. He also created thousands of drawings and paintings as trading card inserts for their entertainment and sports lines. Fans of his work can go to for prints and other signed products.


Luis Diaz | Creator / Destroyer


Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration; 1995-1999 cum laude

Center for the Media Arts, Miami, FL, Diploma; 1991-1995


Proficient in all academic mediums including painting and drawing.

Proficient in Painter, Photoshop, Alchemy & Art Rage.


NGuage Inc. (Ultimate Fighting Championship Label)

SOS Music / 5Finity Productions / FanTapper / World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Once Upon A Time Clothing / Digital Directions / / Fish Circus Music

KLMA, LLC. / Dog & Pony Advertising / Miami New Times / The Topps Company

IDW Publishing / Lo-Fi Magazine / 3 Boys Productions (Students of the Unusual)

Grafika Press / Flesh and Bone Press / Threat Racing Apparel / American Gift Corporation

Pil Design / Zubi Advertising Services, Inc. / Goldcoast Adverting / Creatives on Demand

Telemundo (an NBC Company) / Hero Network / Harvest Entertainment / Orange Bowl Float Company


Dog & Pony Advertising, Coconut Grove; 2008-2009: senior designer

Alternate Space Gallery, Coconut Grove; 2008: gallery assistant

KLMA, LLC. Miami Beach; 2006-2007: creative designer and product design

American Gift, Miami; 2003: product concept artist and illustrator

Univision Network, Miami; 1999-2002: designer and concept artist

EXHIBITIONS (abridged)

“Cartoon and Comic Art Annual,” Society of Illustrators, New York City; July 21-August 15, 2015

“The Reunion,” Bakehouse Art Complex; Wynwood (Miami); February 13-March 27, 2015

“99 Deaths of Jar Jar,” DKE Gallery, Los Angeles; October 2013

“Creep Cinema Group Show”, Bear & Bird Gallery, Lauderhill; 2011

“Students of the Unusual”, Brevard Museum of Art; Florida; March 1-27, 2011

“Illustrated Group Show”, Audrey Love Gallery; October 12, 2010

‘Littlest Sister 10 Group Show” curated by Spinello Gallery, Art Basel Week; Miami Arts District; December 3, 2010 

StandUp For Kids “Art is Life” Charity Auction; Miami; May 28, 2010

"Innovate Love" Baltimore, MD; May 22, 2010

“Malice in Wonderland” Buena Vista Building, Miami Design District; May 8, 2010

Art Whino “G40: The Summit”  Arlington, VA; March 1-30, 2010

WeMerge Magazine, “Merged” Buena Vista Building, Miami Design District; February 13, 2010

“Miami New Times: 22 Years of Art”, Miami Art Space; October 10, 2009

“Multiversal Group Show” (Art Basel) MiMo District; December 2009

“MASS-A-Peel: Paintings by Luis Diaz” Solo Show, Harold Golen Gallery, Wynwood October; 2009

"Me Me Me" Bear & Bird Gallery, Lauderhill; 2009

"KAIJU Monster Invasion" curated by by Harold Golen Gallery , Miami Beach Dec. 3rd -Jan. 4th, 2009

"UNBREAK Art Basel 2008", PS-14, Downtown Miami, December 6, 2008

"Devil Dog" Art Show; New York City; October 31, 2008

ADAPT Conference "Featured Artist" Corel Painter Gallery; Montreal, Canada; 2008

"15x15 Alumni Art Show" MICA, Baltimore, MD; 2008

ADAPT Conference "Featured Artist" Corel Painter Gallery; Montreal, Canada; 2007

"Sex & Science" Bear & Bird Gallery, Lauderhill; 2007

“See You in Hell”  MF Gallery, New York City; 2005

”Hearts of Darkness” Objex Artspace Macon, Georgia; 2005

“The Yummiest -In Life” at Downtown Miami, FL; 2003

“Roving Fridays Art Exhibition” at Lombardi Properties, Wynwood, FL; 2002

"Tendencies" at Avante Garde, Coral Gables, FL; 1999

“Illustration Show”, Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore, MD; 1998


Mark F. Raymond Collection

Scott Deutsch Collection

John Cafiero Collection (Osaka Popstar- Lead Singer)

Jay Wade Edwards Collection (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim: Aqua Teen Hunger Force- Producer)

Dana Snyder Collection (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim: Aqua Teen Hunger Force- Actor)


Virus Magazine #61 (German) “Luis Diaz” (pp 106-109) September 2014

Blue Canvas #11 2011

Tattoo Savage Magazine November Issue 2011

Sketch Card Mania by Impact Books; July 2011

“Album Art” Digital Artist Issue 16; February 2010

“Lady Death: Sketch Card All Stars

“Artist of the Month” FXPose; Imagine FX Issue 56

"Education Week", interior spot illustration: Issue 25 pg 32; March 2010

Painting Can Virtual Book; March 2010

Topps Company "Garbage Pail Kids: Series 3-7, FlashBack 1

Dangerous Ink Magazine, “Start the Fans, Please!” Interior Spread (pp 32-33) Volume 2 Issue 3

Dangerous Ink Magazine, “Crossing the Hudson” Interior Spread (pp 11) Volume 2 Issue 2

Juxtapoz Magazine “Reader Art) (Online) December 30, 2009

And Now the Nightmare Begins: The Horror Zine (Paperback) December 22, 2009

"Education Week", interior spot illustration: Issue 15, pg 28; December 16, 2009

City Link, “Art Basel Can Wait” (pp 19) December 2, 2009

Spectrum 16: Best of Fantastic Art,"Fish Circus"; November 2009

City Link ”Paint it Black” October 28, 2009

"Education Week", interior spot illustration: Issue 6, pg 36; October 7, 2009

Jericho Season 3: Civil War (Cover Colorist) Devil’s Due Publishing; September 2009

Ballistics: Exposé 7,"Fish Circus"; May 2009

"Education Week", interior spot illustration: Issue 25 pg 32; May 13, 2010

Acidhead (book cover); Authorhouse April 2009

Corel® Painter Official Magazine, “How to Use Liquid Inks” Tutorial, pp. 30-35, 2009

"Fish Circus, Volume: 2", Music Group Album Artwork; 2008

"Grindin'", (Autumn Toadstool background) 944 Magazine. issue 10, October 2008

"Village Voice", interior spread (pp 26-27); February 6-12, 2008

“Miami NewTimes”, (Cover Art) “Baselopoly”, also interior art December 6-12, 2007

“Miami NewTimes”, (Cover Art) “The Grow Me State”, November 8-14, 2007

“Miami NewTimes”, (half page interior art) “Halloween”, October 25-31, 2007

“Miami NewTimes”, (1/4 page interior art) “Scales of Justice”, October 18-24, 2007

“Miami NewTimes”, (half page interior art) “Colombus Day”, October 4-10, 2007

Topps Company "Garbage Pail Kids" Series 6; 2007

ADAPT Art Expo "Featured Artist" Corel Painter Gallery; 2007

Spectrum: Best of Fantastic Art 13, “3 Days the Devil Danced”; 2006

Ballistic’s Painter, “3 Days the Devil Danced”; 2006

3 Days the Devil Danced: Annunciation; 2005

Lo-Fi Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1-2; Chupacabra 2005

Students of the Unusual #5: Tattoo Love Magic; 2005

“Oh!Magazine”, No. 84; cover painting; Santo Domingo; September 22, 2001

“ADMIT ONE”, Maryland Institute, College of Art Magazine; 1999


Blue Canvas TBA

Tattoo Savage Magazine TBA

Tattoo Savage Magazine TBA “Art Basel 2009: The Days Before” December 7, 2009

Corel® Painter Official Magazine (25) "Artist Interview" Issue 25; pp 92-95; 2009

"Fresh Art", "Wrath of Baby Dead Head", January 23, 2009*

"CITY LINK" (, Cover Story "Six Artists You Need To Know", July 23-29, 2008*

“Miami NewTimes”, (Cover Art) “Munny Shot”, page 8, January 25-31, 2007

“Miami NewTimes”, article “Shake”, January 18-24, 2001


Domain Video Game App; BrainBlast Games; Concept Artist (in Progress)

Mishap II, Virtual Prophecy; Colorist 2011

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Season 2, Episode 8. "Garbage Pail Kids”

"Artist Welcome Page" Corel Painter X Software; 2007

Tattoo Love Magic Independent Film (tattoo design); 2006

The Four Hour Shoot “Cadeaux”, (credit art) Somers Film Festival; 2005

"The New Masters of Fantasy", multimedia cd,; 2003

“El Gordo y La Flaca”, set painting; Univision Network; 2000-current

“World Cup Soccer”,designed backdrop for set; Univision Network; 2001

“Estamos Unidos”, set painting; Univision Network; 2000