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Born in the tropical island wonderland known as the Philippines but raised in Pico Rivera, CA, Diaz quickly rose to the top of his class at Durfee Elementary. After moving onto North Park Middle School, Diaz continued to ride the wave of academic excellence, culminating in a glorious speech as North Park’s valedictorian of 1995.

At El Rancho, Diaz shifted his focus to the arts. It was there that he would develop the fundamental skills necessary for any burgeoning art student. He would continue his art studies at USC, but only after briefly masquerading as an engineering student. After realizing that graduating with an engineering degree would provide too much financial stability, Diaz changed his major to Fine Arts. He graduated from USC in the spring of 2003, earning a BA in Fine Arts, ready to rake in millions.

Unfortunately, with the country in recession, Diaz found himself at a crossroads after graduating college. After taking several months to ponder his future, Diaz was able to secure an apprenticeship with a successful street artist. After a year or so in the wild world of art assisting, Diaz looked for a new challenge. He tried his hand in television and worked as a production assistant for First Television, a company that brought us critically acclaimed television shows such as Battle Bots and Country Fried Home Videos.

In 2005, Diaz was presented with an opportunity to teach in the visual and performing arts department at El Rancho. He jumped at the chance.

Currently, Diaz is teaching both digital photography, AP Art, and digital animation at El Rancho. He resides in Los Angeles, in the Silverlake neighborhood, with his kitten, Stringer Belle.

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